The 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast was an instant classic. Featuring a cast of diverse characters, there truly was something for every surf fan to get excited about.
Kelly Slater was in prime form. Snapper's favorite sons Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning were at the height of the their respective powers. Dane Reynolds was still in a jersey. And Gabriel Medina was coming on like a bull.
In case you missed any of WSL Rewind's replaying of this historic event, we got you covered with the five heats you just have to watch.
When Precision and Creativity Collide: Mick Fanning and Dane Reynolds
High velocity, precision rail surfing versus explosive creativity, that's what a match-up between Mick Fanning and Dane Reynolds is all about. A distinct contrast of styles and approaches, Fanning's got the hometown behind him, while Reynolds' unpredictability makes him a fan favorite. Who are you cheering for?
America's Generational Clash: Kelly Slater and Nat Young
After finishing second in the world in 2012 and 2013, Kelly Slater came into the 2014 season with the hopes of capturing his historic 12th World Title. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz's Nat Young was just starting off his sophomore season on tour. Kelly versus Nat is not just a clash of generations, but as Kelly's on his forehand and Nat's on his backhand, it's also a clash of styles.
Veteran Versus Veteran: Taj Burrow and CJ Hobgood
What happens when two of the most liked and respected guys on Tour face off in a Quarterfinal heat? Typically, flags start waving, friendly banter starts getting thrown around, and all eyes are glued to the lineup. Such is the case in this battle between Taj Burrow and C.J. Hobgood. Both were Tour elders by the 2014 Quiksilver Pro, but not seceding a step to the next generation the results from this heat would be among their best all season.
The Nail-Biter: Taj Burrow and Gabriel Medina
We're not going to spoil this one for you, but let's just say that this heat between Burrow and Gabriel Medina is decided by 0.03 of a point. Throwing haymakers at each other in the three- to five-foot surf, it's high drama, high stakes, high performance. It's everything you want to see in a heat.
To The Victor Go The Spoils: Gabriel Medina and Joel Parkinson
An upstart kid from Brazil taking on the World Champ on his home soil? The Final between Medina and Joel Parkinson is a match-up for the ages. Will it be Parko's silky smooth style at Snapper or can Medina become only the second goofy-footer to win the contest?