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Two-to-three foot waves ruled the Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia, during the start of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. World champion, Kelly Slater and world number two Jordy Smith progressed directly to Round 3, along with 2010 Quiksilver Pro champion Taj Burrow and former world champion Mick Fanning.

“I’m super excited about the new season,” Smith said, “I spent Christmas at home with my family, it was the first time I’ve been able to do that in 10 years and now it’s good to be on the Gold Coast -- stoked. I haven’t made any drastic changes this year, but I’m riding everything now and got a couple of good boards from Al (Merrick) and some DHDs, I’m just sticking with that.”

Former two-time ASP World Champion, Fanning, secured the day’s highest single-wave score, a 9.33 out of a possible 10, for a Houdini-esque barrel with some unbridled power surfing, as can be seen in the video below.

“I’m pretty stoked I got that one good wave at the start and that settled the nerves,” Fanning said. “It was really slow and really wobbly out there. There wasn’t really any wind, so I’m just pretty stoked to feel one out and make it through that first heat.”

A past two-time winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (2005, 2007), Fanning leads an incredibly deep local talent pool as the contest the best in the world.

“Competing at home adds to the nerves because you know the wave so well and spend so much time out there and ask yourself ‘am I at my best or not?” Fanning said. “Over the years I’ve gotten used to it, but the first few years there were definitely lots of nerves out here at home.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 39, reigning 10-time ASP World Champion, remained calculated in dealing with the day’s deteriorating conditions. The Floridian scrapped past wildcard Matt Banting (AUS), 16, and Kai Otton (AUS), 31, to advance directly to Round 3 of competition.

“I don’t really approach heats with wildcards differently,” Slater said. “My game plan stays the same. There are heats where you know you have to let loose, but today was more focusing on getting the good waves and completing them. It’s not exceptional out there, so if you find a clean face and get a few good carves, you’ll probably get the highest score of the heat. I was just trying to find the clean ones.”

Womens' Quiksilver Pro Surfing

In the women's event, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, the ASP Top 17 took to the lineup following men’s competition for Round 1 and 16-year-old Tyler Wright (AUS) got the better of reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who will now have to beat Sarah Mason (NZ) in their Round 2 head-to-head to progress.

Other Roxy Pro Round 1 standouts included Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, Coco Ho (HAW), 19, Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, and Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 31.

Event organizers will reconvene on Sunday morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Results

Heat 1:Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.44, Heitor Alves (BRA) 6.57
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.67, Gabe Kling (USA) 12.27, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.03
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.03, Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.57, Cory Lopez (USA) 7.90
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.67, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 9.17, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.10
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.07, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.37, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.07
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.93, Matt Banting (AUS) 11.34, Kai Otton (AUS) 6.70
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.83, Taylor Knox (USA) 11.46, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.60
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.70, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 9.87, Brett Simpson (USA) 7.77
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.00, Adriano de Souza (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.20
Heat 10: Daniel Ross (AUS), 13.00, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.10, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.43
Heat 11: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.40, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.13, Chris Davidson (AUS) 10.73
Heat 12: Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.83, Jadson Andre (BRA)12.70, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.77

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Cory Lopez (USA)
Heat 6: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 7: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 1: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 13.37, Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.00, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.86
Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.10, Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.83, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.30
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.96, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.26, Sarah Mason (NZL) 6.36
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.03, Laura Enever (AUS) 11.83, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.36
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.00, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 7.43, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 6.84
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.66, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.80, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 8.16

Heat 1: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Sarah Mason (NZL)
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 5: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 6: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)

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