The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, the opening stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), completed Round 5 as well as the Quarterfinals today in clean three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks, narrowing the field down to the Final Four and setting up for tomorrowâ€™s finish.
Joel ParkinsonÂ (AUS), 31, reigning ASP World Champion, posted the first Perfect 10 of the event today, mixing it up on the afternoon Snapper Rocks walls with unmatched style, power and versatility in his Quarterfinal bout withÂ Julian WilsonÂ (AUS), 24. The local standout was in sizzling form throughout the bout, posting a number of high scores and collecting the dayâ€™s high heat total of an 18.27 out of a possible 20.
â€œThat was an amazing heat to be in,â€ Parkinson said. â€œJulian (Wilson) is one of the most exciting surfers in world. Even with a 10, youâ€™re never safe with him. Itâ€™s one of those heats thatâ€™s a big match-up on paper and there were some big exchanges going down between us. Semifinals is good start for me and Iâ€™m feeling good and excited for a big finish tomorrow.â€
The ASP World No. 1 will take onÂ Michel BourezÂ (PYF), 27, tomorrow in the opening Semifinal of the event.
The Tahitian power broker continued his dream run at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast today, eliminating defending event championÂ Taj BurrowÂ (AUS), 34, in their Quarterfinal bout.
â€œItâ€™s a huge win for me,â€ Bourez said. â€œTaj (Burrow) is the defending champ out here and heâ€™s such a good surfer in these waves. Itâ€™s been a great event for me. Iâ€™m feeling healthy and hopefully I can keep surfing well and make my first Final on tour.â€
Kelly SlaterÂ (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and 2012 ASP World Runner-Up, put in a juggernaut performance in this afternoonâ€™s Quarterfinals, posting an excellent 18.03 out of a possible 20 in a momentum-building display againstÂ Bede DurbidgeÂ (AUS), 30.
â€œThat was a fun heat and it definitely improved for me towards the end,â€ Slater said. â€œIâ€™m on a new board so I didnâ€™t feel great during the start of that heat, but it felt better with each wave and was feeling really good by the end. The waves are fun and really improved following the hold. When itâ€™s clean like it is this afternoon, after the hold anyway, Snapper is a really fun wave.â€
Slater will face Gold Coast local and two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009)Â Mick FanningÂ (AUS), 31, in tomorrowâ€™s Semifinals.
â€œMick (Fanning) and I have a lot of history together,â€ Slater said. â€œWe both put our competitive heads on during events and he has a lot of experience out here. The home town crowd will be backing him big time and thatâ€™s always fun. Should be a good heat.â€
Fanning closed out the dayâ€™s action with a convincing Quarterfinal win over compatriotÂ Matt WilkinsonÂ (AUS), 24.
â€œWilko (Matt Wilkinson) has really been on point this event and has been amazing on his backhand,â€ Fanning said. â€œHeâ€™s a friend and a Rip Curl teammate, but weâ€™re both out there to win and I wasnâ€™t taking him lightly. The waves were pretty fun and I was able to loosen up later in the heat after putting some scores on the board. It was a solid heat for me and I feel good heading into tomorrowâ€™s final day.â€
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start. The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will culminate tomorrow on the final day of the window.
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QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Â Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.10 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.33
Heat 2:Â Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.83 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.83
Heat 3:Â Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.67 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.00
Heat 4:Â Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.24
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1:Â Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.67 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.77
QF 2:Â Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.27 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 8.80
QF 3:Â Kelly Slater (USA) 18.03 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.40
QF 4:Â Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.00 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.00
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS:
SF 1:Â Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
SF 2:Â Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)