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World's Best Surfers Kick-off 2015 Season on Australia's Gold Coast

The world’s best surfers are converging on Australia’s Gold Coast for the opening event of the elite 2015 World Surf League Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour season, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, held from February 28 to March 11, 2015. This venue has always played an important role of the whole series; 50% of the victors over the past decade have gone on to win that year’s world title. The hunt is on and you can watch the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of professional surfing LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.
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There are tons of reasons why to follow the season opener. First of all, Gabriel Medina, reigning world champion, returns to defend his crown on the Gold Coast. Second of all, the event will see reigning six-time Champion Stephanie Gilmore lead the world’s best female surfers. And icing on the take is Heritage Series, the first one of 2015.


Gabriel Medina will lead the world’s best surfers this coming week at the opening stop of the season; Photo: © WSL / Kirstin Scholtz


Stephanie Gilmore, reigning six-time world champion, will be back to defend here crown at the 2015 Roxy Pro Gold Coast; Photo: © WSL / Kirstin Scholtz

The Heritage Series, which celebrates the rich culture and history of professional surfing and is designed to honor the icons of the sport, was launched at the J-Bay Open in 2014 where surfing legends Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo squared off in rifling six-to-eight foot Jeffreys Bay. Curren emerged victorious, securing a Perfect 10-point ride in the process. Martin Potter and Brad Gerlach revived their rivalry and battled at Trestles, with Gerlach taking the win. Finally the Billabong Pipe Masters saw two-time World Champion Tom Carroll storm to victory against Derek Ho, Gary Elkerton and Sunny Garcia in the final Heritage Series of 2014.


Seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley and four-time World Champion Lisa Andersen will square off in the WSL Heritage Series heat at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast; Photo: © WSL 

So there is plenty to look forward to. Running in conjunction with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be the world’s best male surfers in the Quiksilver Pro. Stay tuned!

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), TBD
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Coco Ho (HAW)

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Ricardo Christie (ZAF)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS), TBD
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), TBD
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kai Otton (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS), Nat Young (USA), Adam Melling (AUS)

Source: http://www.worldsurfleague.com

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