- WSL / tony heff
- WSL / tony heff

2017 has kicked off and there has been no shortage of inspirational surfing stories. Here's the key quotes from surfing's key players in what was an action packed start to the New Year.

Aaron pictured just a few minutes after being brought back to life Aaron Gold all smiles only minutes after being brought back to life. - WSL / Frame Grab

"To hear Mark [Healey] saying, ‘You've got two daughters at home, you can't do this. Aaron come back to life, it's way too early, this is not your time.'"
Billy Kemper recalls Mark Healey's words as he fought, successfully, to bring big-wave surfer Aaron Gold back to life in Fiji. Taken from the inspirational profile on Gold, Alive and Well

Joel Parkinson winning Heat 3 of Round Two of the Billabong Pipe Masters at Pipeine, Oahu, Hawaii. Parko surfing the way he wants to surf: smooth and powerful. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

"I'm just surfing the way that I want to surf and taking advantage of the benefits we have while being on tour. There's a lot of stresses and a lot of crap that you can take in when you are really focused on it."
Joel Parkinson on enjoying his last years on tour.

Mick Fanning is the 2016 J-Bay Open WINNER. Fanning adds another medal to his bulging trophy cabinet. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

"This is right up there with the World Titles, I couldn't believe it, really. I'm chuffed and very honored."
Mick Fanning on receiving an Order of Australia medal of honor for service to surfing as a professional competitor at the national and international level and as a supporter of a wide range of charitable foundations.

Landon McNamara Have guitar, will strum. - WSL

"I think surfing and music are both forms of meditation for me, places where I feel most at ease or most free. Growing up on the North Shore has made me tough, too, but also overall a lover of life."
Big-wave surfer and musician with a top reggae album on iTunes, Landon McNamara.

Kelly Slater, RD 4,  2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti In waves like this, a fired-up Kelly Slater is always hard to beat. - WSL / Will H-S

"If we could get a guarantee that Cloudbreak, Teahupo'o and Pipe were going to be firing, Kelly would be my pick for World Champ. Without that guarantee I'd have to go with Medina."
WSL Commentator Ronnie Blakey pulls out his crystal ball.

Coaching Hayes has been a mentor and friend to many of Hawaii's best surfers. - WSL / Duncan Macfarlane

"I had the good fortune to get knocked around by Andy Irons from his prime 'til his passing."
Rainos Hayes talks through his long and successful career as a surf coach.

Sage Erickson (USA) .Pantin16 Erickson had her best year on tour in 2016. - WSL / Laurent Masurel

"I'm also proud to know that little voice in my head from God three years ago telling me to get back on tour was right and I didn't use or take advantage of anyone along the way to get there!"
Sage Erickson is getting advice from all the right sources.

Tanner Gudauskas winning Heat 4 of Round Four at the VANS World Cup of Surfing at Sunst Beach, Hawaii today. Tanner is always smiling, even when the blood is flying. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

"The level is higher than it's ever been and there's not any more spots on the CT, so it's just…epic. It's like a bloodbath to make it."
Tanner Gudauskas on just how hard it is to make the jump from the Qualifying Series to the Championship Tour.

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