If you happened to miss finals day at the 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, you should be kicking yourself. Following a series of uneventful lay days at Snapper Rocks, the contest moved down to Kirra for its abundant, near-perfect, spitting barrels and a series of finals that kept everyone on the edge of their seat. It was in Kirra’s classically hollow tubes that Kelly Slater ousted Joel Parkinson and snatched the first victory of the season.
Though Parko came out strong, scoring a 8.67 for his first ride, but Slater got the best of him. In terms of wave choice, Slater knew exactly what would serve him well. “I sat on the point for an hour before dark last night and I watched every wave break,â€ he said. â€œI basically took mental notes, I made lineups in my head, I knew exactly where the good waves were. I donâ€™t think anyone else did that, by the looks of what Mick and Joel did.”
The mental notes paid off and Slater scored a 8.73 and a lengthy 6-second barrel, which garnered him a 9.83. He also earned an angry middle finger from a perturbed Parko after utilizing priority and dropping in on one of the nicest waves of the day.
Perhaps the most interesting news coming out of the contest is that Slater admitted to being fully committed to the tour this year.
“Iâ€™m committed to the tour this year,â€ he said. â€œI decided before this contest that I was going for a title. Youâ€™ve gotta be careful of that. Sometimes you get a 10 in a heat, and then you lose. Thatâ€™s kinda how today is. you win the first one but then you canâ€™t take your foot off the gas, youâ€™ve gotta still surf like youâ€™re in second or third and youâ€™re coming from behind.”
This year is definitely going to be interesting. Slater is back on track and if you do the math, seven out of his 11 world titles have come after winning the first event. Veteran and rookie surfers are hungrier than ever for the world title, but with stats like Slater, we can only wish them good luck. It’s going to be an interesting year.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.56
2 â€“ Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.47
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.17 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.80
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.60
CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5:
1. Kelly Slater (USA)
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
3. Mick Fanning (AUS)
3. Michel Bourez (PYF)
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)
5. Julian Wilson (AUS)
5. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
If you missed any of the action, watch the semifinal and final highlights here: