CT season begins with a quick shift to Duranbah

Form Guide

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) - After an anticipated start, the World Surf League Championship Tour is officially open for the 2019 season. The first day of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast saw the completion of Round 1 where the men took on Duranbah, the event’s back-up site, in four-to-five foot conditions. 

The Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast also got underway today with the first Qualifying Round. The Red Bull Airborne is a three-part specialty series that highlights surfing’s most creative feats. The event saw no shortage of action with standout airs from CT star Italo Ferreira (BRA), aerial specialist Chris ‘Chippa’ Wilson (AUS) and Hawaiian surfer-skater Kalani David. 

Seth Moniz (WSL / Dunbar)

2019 CT rookie Seth Moniz (HAW) and event trials winner Reef Heazlewood (AUS) delivered a heavy upset to 2018 World No. 2  Julian Wilson (AUS), sending him to elimination Round 2. Three-time World Champion Mick Fanning handed down his No. 7 jersey to the 21-year-old Moniz, who carried its winning form with a CT debut heat win. 

“It’s pretty amazing wearing Mick Fanning’s jersey here at D-Bah," said Moniz. "I came here three weeks ago and got to surf with a whole week straight with Mick, and I got a few little secret tips from him. It’s pretty awesome to have all the support I do here and back home.”

Round 1 winners also included CT sophomores Griffin Colapinto (USA),Michael Rodrigues (BRA), third-year elite competitors Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Joan Duru (FRA), along with veterans Adrian Buchan (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), and Kolohe Andino (USA), who will all advance straight into Round 3. 

Gabriel Medina (WSL / Dunbar)

Reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) reignited the fire he walked away with last season with his signature flair and power to defeat event wildcard Mateus Herdy (BRA) and CT returner Ryan Callinan (AUS). 

“It’s good to start off the year like this and this jersey feels special,” Medina said. “I’ve got two stars on here, which seems like World Cup stars and it’s cool to have these on there. It’s the third year of the Gabriel Medina Institute and we have 32 kids and they have a whole routine kind of like we do as athletes. It’s cool giving these kids opportunities to become professional surfers or whatever they want to be in the future and it’s amazing to give back some of what surfing’s given me.”

The long-awaited return of John John Florence (HAW) was met with an equally awaited rematch with the now-full-time-competitor Mikey Wright (AUS) after last year’s battle. The heat also included rookie Peterson Crisanto (BRA) in the mix. While Crisanto gave Florence a scare in the dying minutes, the two-time WSL Champion responded with an impressive air of his own and secured his place into Round 3 behind heat winner Wright, who maintains his status as a threat to the elite. 

Yago Dora (WSL / Dunbar)

11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) fell short in his opening heat to Yago Dora (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA). After flashes of brilliance in 2018, CT sophomore Dora narrowly requalified but showed his maturity on opening day with a clutch win over compatriot Ferreira and Slater. Dora’s aerial attack put both Ferreira, one of last year’s early World Title threats, and Slater, one of the sport’s greatest, on their heels midway through the heat. 

“I’m so happy to start my year off with a heat win like this,” Dora said. “There are always a lot of nerves at the start of the year so just getting that heat out of the way is good and to win it is a bonus. I’m really happy to be surfing around here at Duranbah. There are a few lefts on offer which suits me and to get a few frontside air sections was really great.” 

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 10.26 DEF. Soli Bailey (AUS) 9.83, Owen Wright (AUS) 8.23  
Heat 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.67 DEF. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.47, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 5.03  
Heat 3: Yago Dora (BRA) 14.33 DEF. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.93, Kelly Slater (USA) 9.70  
Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 11.10 DEF. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.53, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 7.60 
Heat 5: Seth Moniz (HAW) 11.17 DEF. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 9.50, Julian Wilson (AUS) 8.36  
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.84 DEF. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.57, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 7.23  
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.13 DEF. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.00, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.40  
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.27 DEF. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.90, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 7.57  
Heat 9: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 13.17 DEF. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.07, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 12.67  
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 12.73 DEF. Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.00, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.03  
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.00 DEF. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.90, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 8.40  
Heat 12: Mikey Wright (AUS) 12.10 DEF. John John Florence (HAW) 10.93, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 8.36

D-Bah Delights for Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast

The Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast followed men's Round 1 with the first three Qualifying heats, which showcased creativity above the lip on the Duranbah beach breaks. The freakish talents of the 18-surfer field launched with entertaining attempts by Harry Bryant (AUS) and Reef Heazlewood (AUS) and a few standout landings from Kalani David (HAW) and Filipe Toledo (BRA). But, only Chris ‘Chippa’ Wilson (AUS) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) were able to find truly perfect ramps and post scores of consequence during the first qualifying round.

Known the world over for producing some of the most mind-blowing free surfing clips of the last decade, Coolangatta local Noa Deane struggles to remember the last time he pulled on a contest jersey and competed for scores. Although Deane admits he’s not the most competitive guy in the water, he’s excited to see what heights sharing the lineup with 18 of the world’s best aerialists will push him too.

“This is going to be really fun surfing this format with this group of guys,” Deane said. “I surf on trips with a lot of the guys that are here for the Red Bull Airborne so I think it will feel like any other day where we are all pushing each other to go bigger but at the same time not taking it too seriously. I think even the CT competitors will be taking a pretty relaxed approach and just having fun but that will probably all change as soon as someone lands something massive - then I can see dudes pushing it.” 

Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast Leaderboard:
1 - Italo Ferreira (BRA)
2 - Chippa Wilson (AUS)
3 - Kalani David (HAW) 
4 - Mateus Herdy (BRA)
5 - Coby Perkovich (AUS) 
6 - Yago Dora (BRA) 
7 - Filipe Toledo (BRA)
8 - Eithan Osborne (USA)
9 - Mitch Parkinson (AUS)
10 - Jack Freestone (AUS)
11 - Matt Meola (HAW)
11 - Kael Walsh (AUS)
11 - Harry Bryant (AUS) 
11 - Finn McGill (HAW) 
11 - Aaron Kelly (AUS)
11 - Noa Deane (AUS) 
11 - Thomas Woods (AUS) 
11 - Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 


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Tarzan71 commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 8:47am

What the fuck does "Sophomore " mean?
Is it a Sophie fan club?

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lostdoggy commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 8:50am

American word for 2nd year of Uni.

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stunet commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 9:05am

Hate when they include Americanisms in the press release. I'll change 'em where I can, but those ones slipped through.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 2:54pm

Keep fighting the good fight Stu!

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Craig commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 9:06am


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memlasurf commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 2:08pm

I always thought it was first year at uni. You would think if they are a WORLD surf league they wouldn't use USAisms.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 2:55pm

I think that's "freshman" Memla - ooh I feel so dirty now...

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Spuddups commented Friday, 5 Apr 2019 at 5:07am

They should get Mike Nolan to do the commentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuc9frxacfE

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simba commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 2:23pm

Even Pottzzzzzz is saying the 'jetty'......funny looking jetty, looks more like a break wall to me,but what would i know im an aussie.


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memlasurf commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 3:13pm

At least they aren't calling rocks bricks.

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icandig commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 3:15pm

Anyone feel like it's hard to follow the progression of surfers through the event? The wozzle have changed the format on the site, made it look pretty and offered up more stats..but the simplicity is gone. I prefer to see a flowchart style, so I can see who won, who lost and who they're up against next. Am I missing something?

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Solitude commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 8:24pm

Its so shit. You can't even click on the results and see the results! You have to 'view details'. What are they trying to hide?
Aslo whats the go with the Heat Analyzer? Only shows a couple of round 1 heats, everything else is blocked out.

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stunet commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 8:32pm

The new wozzle site just seems way over-engineered. I'm sure that if you used the site regularly you might figure out how best to use it, but the thing is, the comps are infrequent. Roughly one contest a month, where you use the site once a day, then forget it till the next comp. There's been three-and-a-half months between Pipe and Snapper!

A site used so infrequently needs to be intuitive from the get-go. The wozzle aren't dumb, unless there's some commercial reason to maintian the current site I'll vouch that it reverts back to the old design next year.

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belly commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 10:02pm

Their android app is better than the desktop imo.

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icandig commented Friday, 5 Apr 2019 at 10:36am

Can't think of any commercial reason to baffle the punters. They can still attach branding / logo's / ads and keep it simple. Some boffins just got a little wrapped up in their own abilities and the perceived need to provide too much information . It's not NBA or NFL - bury the stats somewhere away from the general public and we can dig them out if we want to. KISS.

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greyhound commented Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 at 6:53pm

What your saying is that you want to SPEEDily look up who’s holding the POWER at any one time by way of a FLOWchart then yes? :)

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bassnake commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 6:42pm

the yanks are now running the show completely and look at the differnce, what an enormous balls up
Id suggest there too corporate now & have lost the feel for the event run stuff, the ol kiss thoery works all the time
Sadly not me for now

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