Another layday at the Quiksilver Roxy Pro Gold Coast combined with a poor forecast has forced the World Surf League (WSL) to extend the waiting period for two days.
A weak declining South swell that almost completely misses Snapper has forced the call for yet another layday.
The women’s event has been played out up until the quarter finals and only having run the first round of the men’s event so far, there are still have two solid days of competition to run and the forecast for the original waiting period does not look great.
The two day extension taking the waiting period up until the 13 March should make use of a swell pushing towards the Queensland coast.
This is not the first time that a WSL event has had the waiting period extended but it is not common and not a decision that is taken lightly.
“After a lot of discussion with the athletes, our on-site staff, our executive team in Los Angeles, our event partners and the local government, we have extended the competition window two days to take advantage of a swell system moving in,” WSL commissioner Perrow said.
“The WSL is the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves and the extension is an illustration of our commitment to that philosophy. It’s a significant financial, personnel and energy expenditure for the league, but we’re passionate about the world’s best surfing and we’re excited to see what this swell brings.”
When the competition commences it will kick off with the men’s rd2. The first two heats promise to be a couple of crackers with heat one seeing three time world champion Mick Fanning (AUS) face off against Dane Reynalds (USA) then heat two will see eleven time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) against the winner of the trials Jack Freestone (AUS).
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups (1st to R3, 2nd = 25th):
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st to SF, 2nd=5th):
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)