|CT Surfers Standout at Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro
Connor O’Leary (AUS), Callum Robson (AUS), Samuel Pupo (BRA), Jackson Baker (AUS) and Jadson Andre (BRA) are five Championship Tour surfers that competed today at Snapper Rocks with all three showing why they’re amongst the top 20 surfers on the planet. While Robson and O’Leary took convincing wins in their heats it was Andre who was the standout of the day, posting the highest two-wave combination of the event so far with a 17.50.
“It’s so good to be back here at Snapper Rocks,” said Andre. “It was always one of my favorite places on tour and is such an incredible wave. There is a big Brazilian community on the Gold Coast so we always feel a lot of support here. It was good to get some really nice waves today and be able to surf the way I wanted to. It should be like this for a few days so I’m really excited.”
A CT surfer who was a shock loss on Day 1 at Snapper was World No. 3 Jack Robinson (AUS) who is fresh off a win last week at the Margaret River Pro.
Queenslanders Step Up on Day 1 at Snapper Rocks
With Sheldon Simkus as the only full time competitor on the Challenger Series representing the surfing stronghold of Queensland on the men’s side, event wildcards Alister Reginato and Oscar Berry had to step up to fly the flag for the locals today at Snapper and that’s exactly what they did with all three progressing through to the Round of 96 with impressive performances. Simkus, known as one of the best local surfers at Snapper, relished the opportunity to surf his home break with only three others out.
“I’ve grown up surfing this wave with a million people out here every day,” Simkus said. “So today was a totally new experience for me and I hope I keep making heats and get to surf empty Snapper a few more times this week. I feel really fortunate to have grown up with a wave like this in my backyard and to have a Challenger Series event here now is so special.”
Unfortunately, the highest seeded Queenslander Liam O’Brien was unable to progress through his opening round heat as he’s only a few weeks past a leg injury that saw him pull out of the first half of his Rookie Season on the Championship Tour. The Burleigh Heads surfer will now shift his focus to the GWM Sydney Surf Pro.