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Mon, 12 March 2018

Wow. It's all happening. MFeb is in the CT, Sarah Baum wins a QS in Aus, Jordy Smith kills Snapper and captains the World Team for wave pool specialty event, and Bianca Buitendag makes the team.


BAUM FOR THE WIN: Sarah Baum took the most important title of her career. Photo WSL / Smith

Jordy, 4th on the tour, put together a solid result to win his Round 1 heat against Americans Conner Coffin and Patrick Gudauskas. Smith was looking his usual elastic self to set the tone for his renewed bid to take a maiden tour title.

“I’m excited for a fresh start to the year,” Smith said. “This is such a great location to kick off the year, and although the waves are a little tough today, I’m excited to for the season ahead and want to keep motivating myself to surf and enjoy doing what I do. My major focus this year is a World Title. I’m going to keep knocking on that door but will just take it one event at a time.”

Two of the guys in the last heat of the Round One Mick Fanning (AUS) and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) are directly responsible for Mikey February's inclusion on the CT, a result of Fanning's retirement and Slater's injury.

To the dismay of SA fans rooting for February, the heat did not feature Slater. Fanning and Brazilian rookie Jesse Mendes surfed the three-man heat in the absence of Slater. He finally withdrew to put us out of our misery, but not before denying February a more gentle Round One option, where all three surfers in the heat get to surf again. Fanning beat Mendes to move directly to Round 3.

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IN IT TO WIN IT Jordy Smith is looking in fine fettle. Photo WSL / Sloane

Instead, February faces the gruelling prospect of a sudden death matchup in Round 2 with Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 2017 event runner-up and 2016 event winner, after he was relegated by failing to win his Round 1 heat against Michel Bourez (PYF) and Michael Rodrigues (BRA).

If forecasts are to be trusted, February will be surfing as soon as 12.30am or so tomorrow morning ZA time if surf forecasts are to be trusted. Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for a "mid period, mid size E swell from former Cyclone Hola" to build Tuesday.

In the women's event, semifinalists were decided in clean 3-4' surf, where six-time Roxy Pro Gold Coast event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was taken down by fellow Queenslander Keely Andrew (AUS). Gilmore in turn had taken down Bianca Buitendag, the 24-year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, in Round 2.

It was a sad ending for Buitendag, who earned a wildcard to the Roxy Pro Gold Coast by winning the trial. However, Buitendag will be heartened by her selection to the World Team to surf in the Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. This specialty event will be the first public event at the Surf Ranch facility in Lemoore, California, and will be held on May 5 and 6. Jordy Smith is team captain.

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SELECTED FOR WORLD TEAM: Bianca Buitendag is still in the mix. Photo WSL / Sloane

A first for the world’s best surfers, the continental co-ed teams event will see a cross-section of the world’s best surfers battling it out for the public, which appears to be a practice run for the Surf Ranch Open in September, which is in the middle of the best surf season for artifical wave pools. Sorry.

“The Founders’ Cup of Surfing is going to be a really special part of the 2018 calendar,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “We’re really excited to be opening up this amazing facility to the public with this teams event. It’s something new for surfing, but I think it will be a lot of fun and exciting to see how the world’s best surfers perform in this kind of a format.”

Captain: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Mick Fanning (AUS)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Julian Wilson (AUS)
Tyler Wright (AUS)

Captain: Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Silvana Lima (BRA)
Taina Hinckel (BRA)

Captain: Johanne Defay (FRA)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Frederico Morais (PRT)
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Frankie Harrer (DEU)

Captain: Kelly Slater (USA)
John John Florence (USA)
Kolohe Andino (USA)
Carissa Moore (USA)
Courtney Conlogue (USA)

Captain: Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Michel Bourez (PYF)
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Paige Hareb (NZL)
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

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Tickets will be available from March 12 at www.WSLFoundersCup.com.

Who would have thought? Tickets for a surfing contest.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 9.90, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 5.20, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 4.57
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.17, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.26, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.67
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.66, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.10, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.64
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.60, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.30, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 7.27
Heat 5:  Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.26, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 8.44, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 6.05
Heat 6: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.50, John John Florence (HAW) 7.50, Mikey Wright (AUS) 2.00
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.63, Keanu Asing (HAW) 7.83, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 5.60
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.30, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.67, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 8.07
Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.24, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9.94, Yago Dora (BRA) 6.86
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.56, Frederico Morais (PRT) 9.00, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 5.50
Heat 11: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 13.16, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 7.63, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.46
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.60, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 9.80, Kelly Slater (USA) 0.00

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.53, Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.50, Caroline Marks (USA) 9.70
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.16, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 9.87
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.17, Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.60, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 7.90
Heat 4: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 11.84, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6.50, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 1.27
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.77, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.93, Silvana Lima (BRA) 3.63
Heat 6: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.06 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 8.10
Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.33 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 11.16
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.40
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.17 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.80
Heat 5: Keely Andrew (AUS) 15.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.50
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.27

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.26, Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.76, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 8.64
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.96, Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.04, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.86
Heat 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.17, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.40, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.76
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 14.97, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.16, Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.53

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.23 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.67
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.83 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.60
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.57 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 13.77
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.87 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.83

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Matchups
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)

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