Sunday, March 2, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning opened up the day's proceedings with a highly-anticipated bout against Trials' Winner and wildcard Matt Banting.
Fanning's comprehensive assault on the Superbank aided him in an emphatic Round 2 win.
Trials' Winner and wildcard Matt Banting didn't give an inch against Fanning, but ultimately fell to the most established competitor. He'll be back.
Tiago "the Portuguese Tiger" Pires posted a huge upset over Jordy Smith in clean conditions at Snapper Rocks.
Jordy Smith amping up for his Round 2 bout against Portugal's Tiago Pires.
Despite being the on-paper favorite, Smith's selectivity in waves proved terminal to his Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast campaign.
Australian Julian Wilson styles his way into Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
Brett Simpson looked sharp in his opening bout of the year, but fell to Julian Wilson in Round 2.
Rookie Dion Atkinson blasted his way to a Round 2 heat win over compatriot Kai Otton.
Travis Logie's high-velocity surfing ousted heavy favorite John John Florence in Round 2 of competition.
Kai Otton struggled in Round 2 against rookie compatriot Dion Atkinson and will have to shift his focus to the next event in Western Australia.
Rookie Mitch Crews posted a heat win in Round 2 over Filipe Toledo.