Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Stop No. 1 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's WCT
March 1 - 12, 2014
Prize money: $250,000.00
Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 10
COORDINATES: 28.10 S, 153.33 E
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta (OOL)
TRANSPORT: You can cruise the â€œGoldyâ€ on a bike or hoof it on foot, and if you're not down for either of those options, you can hop on a bus to get where you need to go. If you'd like to venture out of Coolangatta, grab a cab for some additional adventure.
ATTITUDE: If you're looking to thread barrels all day long with your closest friends and don a dress to hit the dance floor afterwards, you'll find no shortage of options on the Gold Coast. With miles of rippable coastline and cracking nightlife to boot, you'll have a ball in and out of the water.
THE WAVE: Looking for a flawless righthand barrel with rippable walls and cozy water temps? Well, welcome to the first event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour at Snapper Rocks. Snapper Rocks' custom-built sandbar compliments of the city offers up a world-class righthander, and if she's not cooperating, the Roxy Pro can relocate to Kirra, Burleigh, or Duranbah.
PERKS: Since five-time ASP World Champ Steph Gilmore learned her tricks at the Superbank, there's a solid chance of catching her out in the lineup alongside heaps of Australia's finest. Accompany that with Snapper's excellent amphitheater and you've got an insane arena.
PERILS: Sure, Snapper fires off perfect right-handers, but unfortunately you're not the only one out trying to get your piece of the pie. You're going to have to scrap with dozens of your lady friends if you're going to catch a wave.
APRES SURF: Once you're done wrapping up a marathon session, you'll have plenty of options to tell story at your choice of restaurants and bars. From coffee shops to pubs to casinos to clubs, the Goldy is set up to handle anything you'll want to get up to when you're not in the water.
Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour History: The world's best women have been battling it out at the Superbank since 2002, but now it's a mobile event that can often find its way down to Kirra or D'bah when it's on. The options make for a bangin' event.
NOTABLE: In 2005, 17-year-old trials winner Stephanie Gilmore smoked the competition to take out the contest and become the youngest woman to ever win an ASP Women's World Tour event at the time. The unprecedented win brought major exposure to both the rising star and the women's tour itself. Flash forward to 2014 and this year will see freshly crowned Hawaiian Champ Carissa Moore look to kick off a third ASP World Title run at the Roxy Pro while Stephanie Gilmore will be on the hunt for her fifth Roxy Pro crown on her home turf against a heap of up-and-coming talent.
PAST EVENT CHAMPIONS:
2013: Tyler Wright (AUS)
2012: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2011: Carissa Moore (HAW)
2010: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2009: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2008: Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
2007: Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
2006: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
2005: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2004: Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
2003: Layne Beachley (AUS)
2002: Lynette MacKenzie (AUS)