A second consecutive lay day has been called at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, the opening stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour. With strong winds and small surf at Snapper Rocks, event organizers have called the competition OFF for the day and will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions and make the next call. “There’s a really strong Northerly wind today, which is blowing directly into the beach, causing some horrible conditions and is forecast to stay here all day,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “We are off for the day. We’re anticipating a change in conditions overnight, which should bring in some pretty good waves at Snapper so we’ll be back tomorrow.” Three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) will face wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA) in the opening heat of Round 2 when competition resumes, while 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will take on trials winner Jack Freestone (AUS) in Heat 2, both battling for a place in Round 3. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will face Silvana Lima (BRA) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in Round 3 in a rematch of the Round 1 bout where the reigning six-time WSL Champion suffered defeat at the hands of an in-form Lima. Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for: Small easterly swell is expected on Thursday. This mixes with a steep angled southerly swell mix as we move into the weekend. This S-SSE swell will be at least partially shadowed and overall not a great direction for Snapper, so nothing solid. Small easterly trade swell is expected into early next week as the SSE/S swell eases. Long range charts suggest a modest increase in E trade swell by mid next week. The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com. The world’s best surfing will also be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea Malaysia and other territories and the WSL’s new partner in Brazil, Globo TV. 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 Round 3 Match-Ups (1st to QF, 2nd and 3rd to R4): Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA) Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW) Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Lakey Peterson (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)]]>
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