March 1, 2012

Phil’s Blog # 4 – Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

The surf has been quite small the past few days, and the comp has been called off for 3 days now, so I rented a car and I’ve been driving all over looking for ridable waves, which is really making me feel at home, being from Florida. I’ve managed a couple decent sessions, but I just saw some photos posted online of the crew that headed to North Straddie Island, and they definitely scored much better than I did. But I guess they have been coming here for years, so they know just where to go. Right on the other side of the competition area is Duranbah, and I’ve been surfing there mostly, and it’s been fun. I took a few photos from the cliff.

This afternoon, I am heading to Byron Bay, and it turns out that I will be in town for their film festival, which from the looks of it, seems like it will be a really fun time. I’m going to do my best to make it back for the final day of competition, so I will be checking every morning to make a decision on the approximately 1 hour drive.

For now, I’ll leave you with some photos from the last day of competition, which concluded with a Roxy bikini shoot in front of the waves at Snapper that definitely put a smile on everyone’s face. From the surfing, it was apparent who the crowd favorite was on the women’s side, Sally Fitzgibbons, and she is into the semi-finals. On the mens side, I was lucky enough to catch Joel’s 10-point ride, and I included one of his many lip smack slides, and Josh Kerr was another standout. Both are into the quarter-finals.

Next stop:  Byron Bay.

On the hunt for waves. Photo: Phil

The Roxy Bikini shoot. Not a bad view. Photo: Phil

Sally brings out the fans at Snapper. Photo; Phil

Parko on his way to a perfect 10. Photo: Phil

High flyer Josh Kerr will face off against Kelly Slater in the Quarters when competition resumes. Photo: Phil