“It’s a new start for me. To win on your home turf, in front of all these people, it’s unbelievable.” — Stephanie Gilmore, 2009 Roxy Gold Coast Pro Champion
The Roxy Pro Gold Coast came to an end this weekend, and without any surprise the crown goes to Stephanie Gilmore. Stephanie had dominated most of the final, but in the last minutes fellow finalist Melanie Bartels stepped it up and fought hard to give Gilmore a scare. “I was definitely nervous surfing against her,” Steph said. “She’s a great surfer and I know she has the ability to throw good scores right back at me.” (more…)
A perfect ten. Some hypothesize it was the double grab, some accredit it to his outstanding flair, others propose it is the anti-chafing Diamond Dobby boardshorts he was rocking, but whatever the factors may be, Dane Reynolds scored a perfect 10 this weekend at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
Despite the popular speculation that the judges were a little overzealous when dishing out the ones and zeros this go-around, Dane seems to be pretty stoked on smashing his first ever dime.
Ten or what have you, I have to say that the background emo /pop punk tune in the video takes more than a few points off the clip’s core score. That said, thoughts on the perfect ten score? Let ‘em loose. I’m listening, really (unless you set your comment to said emo tune).
It looks as if my (I mean, the media’s) hype about the youngsters on tour is right on target.
I feel like the tour has taken a breath of fresh air this year: The rookies and veterans are definitely pushing each other to progress their surfing. Day two brought heats to remember, with the heat of the day going to Silvana Lima and Coco Ho—the queen of aerials and proud owner of this week’s only perfect 10, versus the on-fire Hawaiian rookie. And, drum roll please, after a six-minute judge’s delay, Coco Ho took the win to prove she’s a force to be reckoned with. After defeating Rebecca Woods in the following round, Ho made it through to the semis where she’ll face fellow islander Melanie Bartels. It looks as if Coco is mastering this whole competition thing… (more…)