Day One of the WCT Season: The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast was Called ON at Duranbah

Men’s Round 1 to Commence at 10:05 AM AEST (21 hours ahead)

Boost Mobile Pro Round 1 and Red Bull Airborne on Standby

 Reef Heazlewood (AUS),Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Trials winner, will be up against defending event winner Julian Wilson (AUS) and 2019 CT Rookie Seth Moniz (HAW) in Round 1 Heat 5 today. 
Credit: © WSL / Dunbar
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) – The 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season will officially kick off this morning with Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at 10:05 a.m. AEST. Competition has gone mobile today and will be held at nearby Duranbah Beach. The Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast and the Red Bull Airborne are on standby for a possible start today.

“Snapper and all of the points on the Gold Coast really rely on having a lot of sand for them to work well and, unfortunately, at the moment there is a real lack of sand, particularly at Snapper,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Competition Director. “Over the last week we have seen the sand begin to migrate around the point and we are confident that in the next few days we will have enough to run heats at the primary site.”

“Fortunately, we’ve got some really good conditions at our back up location of Duranbah around the corner so we will look to get competition underway there today,” continued Perrow. “There are some decent four-to-five foot wedges going left and right, which will make for a really exciting opening day of competition for Men’s and hopefully Women’s Round 1.”

Watch: Day 1 Call with Kieren Perrow
Round 1 is filled with epic matchups including Heat 3, which will see the return of 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) to full-time competition on the CT. Slater will take on the exciting Brazilian duo, Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Yago Dora (BRA).

Defending Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast winner Julian Wilson (AUS) will hope to get his campaign to go back-to-back off to a strong start in Heat 5 but will have his work cut out against 2019 CT Rookie Seth Moniz (HAW) and Wildcard Trials winner Reef Heazlewood (AUS).

All eyes will be on Heat 6 of Round 1 when reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) hits the water in his matchup with CT comeback kid Ryan Callinan (AUS) along with 2018 WSL World Junior Champion and Quiksilver Wildcard, Mateus Herdy (BRA).

Surfline Forecast for the Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Reef Heazlewood (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Mateus Herdy (AUS)
Heat 7: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 9: Wade Carmichael (AUS) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 12: Mikey Wright (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Matchups :
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Brisa Hennessy (CRI)
Heat 5: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)Red Bull Airborne Round 1:
Heat 1: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Kalani David (HAW) vs. Harry Bryant (AUS) vs. Finn McGill (HAW) vs. Mitch Parkinson (AUS), vs. Aaron Kelly (USA)
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Matt Meola (HAW) vs. Noa Deane (AUS) vs. Kael Walsh (AUS) vs. Thomas Woods (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 3: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Eithan Osborne (USA) vs. Chippa Wilson (AUS) vs. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) vs. Coby Perkovich (USA) vs. Mateus Herdy (BRA)The Quiksilver Pro, Boost Mobile Pro, and Red Bull Airborne will be broadcast LIVE on and Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
About the 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 organization, 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 more than 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 Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Steven Sawyer, Soleil Errico, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.For more information, please visit

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