Eleven-time WSL United States Champion Kelly Slater rides round 20 of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro opening round on May 8, 2022 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. (Photo by Matt Dunbar/World Surf League)
- World champions dominate on the Gold Coast
- Kelly Slater Slater, 11-time world champion, returns to Snapper Rocks
- Former CT stars get requalification campaign on track
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the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro presented by Rip Curl, one of the stages of the 2022 World Surf League Challenger Series (CS), continued today in even more incredible surf at Snapper Rocks. The remaining rounds of the men’s round of ’96 as well as the first 13 rounds of the women’s round of ’64 were played in super clean three to four foot surf, with some of the best surfers in the world gorging on the perfect point breaking the waves.
The world champions dominate the course of the second day
The second day of competition saw 20 world titles represented with 11 of Kelly Slater (USA), Local Legend 7 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and two of 2022 surfer form Tyler Wright (AUS). All three multiple title holders performed as expected with impressive performances. Wright continued her ominous form with a two-wave total of 16.27, but it was the ‘Queen of Coolangatta’, Stephanie Gilmore who stole the show, posting the highest two-wave combination of the event at this day with a total of 18.77 in two waves.
For Gilmore, it’s been a slow start to the year by his high standards, only making the mid-season cut after Margaret River. Today, with her home break and incredible waves, Gilmore showed why she is one of the greatest of all time, finding tubes, long carves and unleashing the fins on her way to a dominating victory . This performance could be just what Gilmore needs to launch an assault on a record eighth world title.
“I haven’t surfed Snapper without anyone in a long time, so that was a real treat,” Gilmore said. “I was in the last leg of the day and just wanted to hurry it up because the waves were so nice all day. I had a bit of a barrel but I think tomorrow could be even better. is nice to have made the cut so i can come here and relax and enjoy the ride but at the end of the day it’s all about trust and that’s what i need after making the cut by the skin of my teeth. Every good round and every victory will bring me a lot, so it was a good round.
Former CT competitors launch requalification campaigns for a perfect start
A number of the biggest names in surfing who have recently been victims of the mid-season cut have come to the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro Challenger Series event in a bid to wash away the disappointment of missing out on the cut and rebuild their confidence ahead of their 2022 requalification campaigns. None really had the confidence boost of Malia Manuel (HAW) who looked untouchable in his first round against Snapper. Manuel’s style and timing was second to none in the Round of 64 as she posted a two-wave total of 18.60, the second highest in the event so far, to advance to the Round of 16.
“The last week has been really difficult and emotional for me,” said Manuel. “I said to myself try to stay positive and be happy and nothing makes me happier than Snapper so here I am. I really love this place on the Gold Coast, the waves are amazing and I have really good friends here so it’s really a happy place for me It was really good to hear some big scores and to have some waves in this heat my gear feels good so I feel good.
Another name no one expected to compete in the Challenger Series in 2022 was Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), a former world No. 2 and ongoing title threat who has been a Championship Tour veteran for over a decade. Fitzgibbons came to Snapper Rocks with a positive attitude and it showed as she progressed through her opening round and continued to hunt for her first win at Snapper Rocks.
A past winner here at Snapper Rocks as well as a finalist, Julian Wilson (AUS) returned to top-level competition today after taking time off the tour to spend more time at home with his family. One of Australia’s biggest hopes for a title for the better part of a decade, Wilson hasn’t ruled out returning to elite level and with performances like his today at Snapper, that would make perfect sense. . In his spare time, Wilson certainly didn’t lose his edge as he battled his way to a solid victory in his opening round.
“I was excited about my return to competitive surfing,” Wilson said. “Especially looking at the waves the last few days I was hoping today would pump and it is, it’s probably better than yesterday and riding such ideal waves and gaining the heat is a good way to come back – Waves look set to stay perfect. throughout this event and I really want to get a result here.
Coco Ho (HAW) was another long-time CT competitor making her return to competition today and her performance did not disappoint with the sleek Hawaiian winning a heat total over two waves of 15.27 for an impressive demonstration of frontside rail surfing.
The next call for competition at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro presented by Rip Curl will be at 6:45 a.m. AEST with a possible 7:05 a.m. start. For more information, visit worldsurflauge.com or the free WSL app.
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