Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Josh Kerr negotiates the backwash off the rocks at Snapper finishing equal ninth with a Round 5 elimination.
Mitch Crews places equal 9th at his first WCT event.
Taj Burrow flawless all the way to the Quarterfinals.
CJ Hobgood joined an excellent showing from the goofy-footers placing equal fifth with a quarterfinal finish.
Mick Fanning wearing his game face.
The reigning ASP World Champ starts the day right with a few cover ups at his home break.
Unfortunately for Fanning, he wasn't able to finish right, settling for an equal fifth place.
Gabriel Medina proved the form surfer in the quarterfinals and eliminated 3X ASP World Champion Mick Fanning from the event.
Adriano De Souza finds a quiet corner.
Comes out blaring by defeating 11X ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and reinforcing the Brazilian dominance at the Quiksilver Pro.
All the Aboriginal voodoo wouldn't be able to help Kelly Slater.
The crowd loved him.
But the judges did not and Slater fell to De Souza in the Quarterfinals.
Brazilian goofy-footer Miguel Pupo had a banner event, earning a Quarterfinals berth with smooth, stylish and powerful surfing.
Pupo placed equal fifth overall when he was defeated by Joel Parkinson.
If there was a barrel out at Snapper Joel Parkinson would find it, threading his way into the semifinals.
Parko congratulates his opponent Miguel Pupo on a great performance.
Medina slays Taj Burrow in the Semifinals.
Taj Burrow ends his Quiksilver Pro campaign with a very respectable equal third place finish.
Adriano De Souza knew he would need to put in some tube time if he wanted to beat Parko at his home break.
But Parkinson was never going to let that happen and sailed into the Final with a near perfect 18.70 score.
Medina ignores the hype around him.
The crowds gathered as the sun was setting for an almighty show down between Brasil and Australia.
Parkinson threads through yet another the barrel at Snapper and appears to have his victory sealed.
Oozing confidence Parko looks relaxed in the final.
Medina's stepdad feels the pressure.
Gabriel Medina comes back with a last minute victory becoming the first goofy-footer to win at Snapper since Mick Lowe in 2004.
Gabriel Medina holds his head in disbelief.
Support never goes unappreciated.
Its time to party.
Medina celebrates under the Gold Coast night.
Plenty of champaign for the young super star.
Another Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast draws to completetion...
and the Brazilians dance the night away!