The Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast gets the green light
The second of three Oz Grand Slam events has just got the green light.
The Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast will begin next Tuesday at South Stradbroke and run for two days. It's only the second time the wave has been used for a contest.*
As anyone on the East Coast will know, yesterday (Thursday) delivered a long-period south-east swell. However, the contest couldn't be run as it clashed with Portugal, which was unfortunate for the Woz as reports came back across the Seaway of certain ten point rides.
Next week's swell will be an altogether different beast: coming in square - i.e not across the bar - and with lots of consistency. The trade wind belt south of New Caledonia is forecast to intensify this weekend, reaching a peak on Sunday and Monday, with the resultant swell making landfall from Tuesday on the Gold Coast.
The surf will build steadily Tuesday, starting at 3-5ft but increasing to a strong 6ft by the afternoon and peaking Wednesday to a board breaking 5-6ft+.
Winds will begin light both days before increasing from the east, with conditions likely to remain politely contestable for the duration of each day. South Straddie on a northerly afternoon is no place to be.
Viewers can expect to see a different version of Straddie to the classic south swell teepees, with more lefts in the mix. Broadcast limitations may also hinder the exact location on the beach.
From the Woz press release:
The event will see 24 of Australia's best surfers (12 men and 12 women) go head to head in their respective divisions. The opening heat of the event will see Current Jeep Leader and two-time WSL World Champion Tyler Wright come up against Macy Callaghan and Sophie McCulloch in what is sure to be a barnstorming matchup. Adding to the high stakes, men's and women's overall series champions will each win $20,000AUD to donate to a charity of their choice.
Fresh from a win at the recent Tweed Coast Pro, Ethan Ewing will be brimming with confidence when he faces off with Conor O'Leary, and Mitch Crews in Heat 4 of Round 1.
Northend Boardriders Club has offered their two wildcard spots to Chris Bennetts and Sayaka Maramatsu who will have the experience of a lifetime coming up against the elite Championship Tour competitors.
Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast Women's Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Tyler Wright, Macy Callaghan, Sophie McCulloch
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore, India Robinson, Sayaka Maramatsu (WC)
Heat 3: Nikki van Dijk, Zahli Kelly, Piper Harrison
Heat 4: Isabella Nichols, Keely Andrew, Dimity Stoyle
Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast Men's Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Mathew McGillivray, Jack Robinson, Liam O'Brien
Heat 2: Owen Wright, Stu Kennedy, Chris Bennetts (WC)
Heat 3: Wade Carmichael, Mikey Wright, Soli Bailey
Heat 4: Ethan Ewing, Conor O'Leary, Mitch Crews
* The Couran Cove Island Resort Pro Junior won by Chris Friend.