Sunday, March 2, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Thousands of fans turned up to see the world's best surfers in action at Snapper Rocks.
Trials Winner and wildcard Matt Banting took it to 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater in Round 1, falling just short. He'll have a chance at redemption in Round 2.
Lennox Head's Adam Melling lays into a Snapper Rocks wall during Round 1 of competition.
Huntington Beach's favorite son Brett Simpson is back this year with renewed focus and will Hurley teammate Julian Wilson in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
Reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning looked powerful in Round 1 of competition, but fell to an on-fire Dane Reynolds. Fanning will face wildcard Matt Banting in the opening heat of Round 2.
Owen Wright is back at the elite level of competition following an absent 2013 due to injury. Wright will face Raoni Monteiro in Round 2.
Hawaiian John John Florence showcasing the trademark style and flair he's renowned for. He'll take on South African Travis Logie when competition resumes.
Young Californian Kolohe Andino flexing through a Snapper section. He faces nemesis Bede Durbidge in Round 2.
Wildcard Dane Reynolds ices reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
Rookie Mitch Crews looked sharp in his opening round heat but was on the losing end of a shootout between Josh Kerr and Filipe Toledo.
Josh Kerr put on a clinic in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, securing the day's high heat total of a 17.54 out of a possible 20.
Perennial ASP World Title contender Taj Burrow was surgical in his dismantling of Snapper Rocks during Round 1.
2012 ASP World Champion and heavy event favorite Joel Parkinson looking ever-dangerous in Round 1.
Rookie powerhouse Dion Atkinson looked explosive and polished in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. The South Australian takes on compatriot Kai Otton in Round 2.