Top surfers keen to hit water after small surf forces layday
WORLD-CLASS surfers from the Far North Coast and further afield will be eager to hit the water at Coolangatta this morning following a layday yesterday in the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro.
Stephanie Gilmore, Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Tyler Wright are among the big name boardriders chasing silverware in the first World Surfing League (WSL) event of 2015.
WSL commissioner Kieren Perrow said smaller surf at Snapper Rocks had forced event organisers to call off competition yesterday.
Organisers will reconvene this morning to assess conditions.
"We had an amazing day of surfing yesterday (Saturday), but today we've woken up with a smaller swell that's declined a little over night," Perrow said.
"Things are definitely slowing down after today but we're monitoring something coming in towards the end of the week which should be pretty good."
Deputy commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer said: "There are a few little waves but we do have time left in the waiting period.
"We want to put the women out in the best conditions that we can and today just isn't that."
Fanning, a three-time world champion, will face wildcard Dane Reynolds, from the US, in the opening heat of the second round when competition resumes.
Trials winner Jack Freestone will be hoping to take down 11-time world champion Slater fora place in the third round.
Far North Coast golden girl Gilmore will also surf in the elimination second round after going down to Silvana Lima, from Brazil, in her first outing.
She'll take it to trials winner Bronte Macaulay in the third heat.
Surfline, the official forecaster for the WSL, predicts smaller surf for much of this week.
"Small surf Monday through Thursday," it wrote.
"Watching for better southerly swell to move in over the 6th-7th.
"Conditions looking better now, but still not ideal.
"That may then be followed by small-scale easterly swell 8th-11th."
The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro are being webcast live at http://www.worldsurfleague.com
SECOND ROUND MATCH-UPS
Quiksilver Pro: Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) v Dane Reynolds (USA). Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) v Jack Freestone (AUS). Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) v Glenn Hall (IRL). Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vCJ Hobgood (USA). Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) v Ricardo Christie (NZL). Heat 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) v Brett Simpson (USA). Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) v Jeremy Flores (FRA). Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) v Keanu Asing (HAW). Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) v Italo Ferreira (BRA). Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) v Adam Melling (AUS). Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) v Wiggolly Dantas (BRA). Heat 12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) v Jadson Andre (BRA).
Roxy Pro: Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) v Sage Erickson (USA). Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) v Nikki Van Dijk (AUS). Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) v Bronte Macaulay (AUS). Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS)v Alessa Quizon (HAW). Heat 5: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) v Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW). Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) v Coco Ho (HAW).