Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Images from the Scene at Snapper

Curated by Anna Dimond

The 2016 season opener was filled with surprises. The slew of new faces, a string of massive upsets, and of course first-time winner Matt Wilkinson and the dominant Tyler Wright blowing up. But not all the cool moments occur in heats. There's a world of activity behind the scenes, and the images captured by the WSL team usually tell plenty of story on their own. With that in mind, have a look at some of what didn't make it into the live shows.

A crowd gathers at Snapper Rocks to watch the drama unfold. A crowd gathers at Snapper Rocks to watch the drama unfold. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Jordy Smith after a tough Round 2 loss. Jordy Smith, who was plagued by injuries last season, suffered a tough Round 2 loss at Snapper. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Where the magic happens -- aka, the judges' area. Where the magic happens -- aka, the judges' area. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Kelly Cestari Alessa Quizon before her Round 2 heat. Alessa Quizon before her Round 2 heat. Unfortunately, she didn't make it past that round. Photo: Kirstin - WSL Malia Manuel warming up for her Round 1 heat at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Malia Manuel, warming up. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz Adrian Buchan after his Round 2 win. Ace Buchan, stoic after winning his Round 2 heat. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Brett Skinner Mick Fanning congratulates Kolohe Andino after Round 3. Mick Fanning congratulates Kolohe Andino after Round 3. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Bronte Macaulay before her Round 4 heat. Injury replacement surfer Bronte Macaulay, before her Round 4 heat. Despite her impressive performance, she was taken down in that round by Malia Manuel. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Brett Skinner John John Florence suits up for Round 4. John John Florence suits up for Round 4. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Adriano de Souza's last minute prayers. Adriano de Souza's last-minute prayers. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Sage Erikson checking the lineup before her heat. Sage Erickson, in a moment of pre-heat zen. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Brett Skinner Stu Kennedy heading out for his Quarterfinal. Snapper dark horse Stu Kennedy heading out for his Quarterfinal. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz Joel Parkinson keeping it fun. Joel Parkinson keeping it fun. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Tatiana Weston-Webb, special delivery. Special delivery for Tatiana Weston-Webb, who kicked off her sophomore year on tour at the Roxy Pro. Photo: Sherm - WSL Courtney Conlogue in competition mode before her Quarterfinal heat. Is this the secret to her success? Roxy Pro runner-up Courtney Conlogue, communing before her Quarterfinal heat. - WSL / Kirstin Courtney Conlogue and Sage Erickson after their Quarterfinal matchup. Courtney Conlogue and Sage Erickson after their Quarterfinal matchup. (Conlogue won.) Photo: Sherman - WSL Mikey Wright Wildcard Mikey Wright, in all his hipster glory. Photo: Sherman - WSL / Steve Sherman Johanne Defay stoked after her Quarterfinal win. Photo: KIrstin Johanne Defay, ecstatic over her Quarterfinal win. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Kirstin Stephanie Gilmore stoked to be getting back in the jersey. Stephanie Gilmore, back where she belongs. Photo: Kirstin - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz Filipe Toledo being taken to medics after his Semifinal injury. Filipe Toledo limped away from his Semifinal, after hurting himself on failed landing. Incredibly, he kept surfing through it -- but it's not the way anyone wants to go out of a contest. - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz Drone Shot Gold Coast See you next year, Snapper. - WSL