For contest status Go Live HERE. Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast is 20 hours ahead. To easily calculated: Just add 24hours to the current Hawaii time then subtract 4 hours.
There's plenty of swell for the 1st event of 2012. BTW: you can rewatch heats like the one Kelly Slater had when he schooled the new schoolers, Kolohe Andino & Garrett Parkes.
Welcome to the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro 2012 – another exciting international event for Queensland's iconic Gold Coast.
The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro 2012 is a major event on the surfing calendar, attracting more than 52,000 spectators last year.
This year's action in the water will be augmentted by the glamour of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Surfing Awards at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre.
The Gold Coast is cementing its status as a premier sporting events destination, with a growing calendar of attractions supported by Events Queensland. With its world-class beaches, climate and hospitality, the Gold Coast is also known as being famous for fun – whether it's the surfing, theme parks or fine dining, there is so much to see and do.As Chairman of Tourism Australia and Events Queensland, I understand the importance of events in driving visitation, showcasing the region and providing vital support to the local tourism industry.
Support for the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro is part of a strong commitment by Events Queensland to bring major events to the region. These events include the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, Kellogg's Nutrigrain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series, Coolangatta Gold, Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Pan Pacific Masters Games, BMW Magic Millions, the NRL Indigenous All Stars match, Armor All Gold Coast 600, HSBC Sevens World Series and more.
Chairman Events Queensland
Snapper Rocks has always been a good wave, it's just that a decade ago it got a little better. Perched at the head of Rainbow Bay, the jagged volcanic rocks laid down 20 million years ago catch the northward flow of sand, forming a rifling sandbottom righthander that has sired four generations of incredible surfers. There are more good surfers per square metre here than anywhere else in the world. Since its formation in 1964, Snapper Rocks Boardriders has arguably been the most successful boardriding club in Australia, featuring surfers like Peter Townend, Rabbit Bartholomew, Joel Parkinson, Dean Morrison and Steph Gilmore.
In 2001 the Tweed River Sand Bypass Scheme started pumping sand into Rainbow Bay, creating a mile-long sandbank that runs from Snapper Rocks all the way through to Kirra – which soon became known as The Superbank. A high performance wave that offers a submarine barrel behind the rocks before winding down into a rippable skate park wall, Snapper is regarded by many as the funnest, most hi-fi wave on tour. And while the Quiksilver Pro is based at Snapper Rocks, the event can move between Duranbah Beach and Kirra to find the best waves.
- 36 surfers enter, one surfer leaves... with the trophy.
- The draw works this way: Round 1 (12 x three-man non-elimination heats), Round 2 (12 x man-on-man elimination), Round 3 (12 x man-on-man elimination), Round 4 (4 x three- man non-elimination heats), Round 5, Quarters, Semis, Final (man-on-man elimination).
- Heats are (generally) 30 minutes, and a surfer is scored on his best two waves.
- There are five judges per heat, with the lowest and highest scores being dropped and the remaining scores being averaged out of 10.
- As per the ASP criteria, the judges are looking for: "Commitment and degree of difficulty, innovative and progressive manoeuvres, combination of major manoeuvres, variety of manoeuvres, speed, power and flow."
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