Elimination Rounds at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Called ON

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– 7:30 AM Start for Men’s Round 3
– Women’s Semifinals and Men’s Round 4 on Standby
– Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com 



Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) will compete against Conner Coffin (USA) today in his second-to-last Round 3 matchup before retirement. Caption: © WSL / Sloane


COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) – Stop No. 1 on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, will continue today in bumpy four-to-five foot (1.2 – 1.5 metre) conditions at Snapper Rocks in Australia. Men’s Round 3 will start at 7:30 a.m. local time. Women’s Semifinals and men’s Round 4 will be on standby to run, conditions pending.

“As expected, we have arrived at Snapper Rocks this morning to find an increase in wave heights,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “The wind has come up strong from the SE, which is creating a little bit of texture on the surface, but we still have clean wave faces. We have some incredible matchups in men’s Round 3, and we are hoping to see the waves to continue to improve throughout the day to run the women’s Semifinals and men’s Round 4.”

The opening heat of men’s Round 3 will see rookie Willian Cardoso (BRA) take on defending event winner Owen Wright (AUS). Cardoso will battle to play spoiler at this year’s event and take down the crowd-favorite at Snapper Rocks.

In his second-to-last event before retirement, Mick Fanning (AUS), three-time WSL Champion, will need to get through Californian Conner Coffin (USA) in Round 3 Heat 2.

Mikey Wright (AUS) upset the competition yesterday by taking out World No. 1 John John Florence (HAW) and will now look to continue the trend by eliminating World No. 2 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in Heat 6 of Round 3.

Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:

Rising shorter period E swell today with good size surf for Thursday. Good size surf continues Friday but this is trending down into the weekend. Long range guidance points to more mid-size but shorter period ESE/SE swell around the last couple days of the event window.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: 
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 8: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 11: Connor O’Leary (AUS)  vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Matchups:
Heat 1: 
Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)

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About WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

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