Finally some surfing again after a series of lay days. Round 3 gets in the water with some solid match up's. Unfortunately the Saffa flag got lowered off the mast for the first event of the year - with Travis getting knocked out by Taj.
Two Queensland locals biffed it out in Heat 3 with rookie Mitch Crews getting some karma back from Julian Wilson. Wilson had been seen burning Crews mercilessly in the free-surf the day before, so the karma-wheel spun quickly with Mitch taking the win. Julian went big - but it was only 1 big per wave - no combo's, which is what he needed.
Everyone's fave dark horse Ace Buchan just didn't get his game face on and managed a measly 4.77 heat score to get taken out by Medina. Another dark horse in Owen Wright also fell out the comp, victim to brazzo Pupo.
The super heat between Mick and Dane saw Mick through to the next round, although Dane did mount a last minute charge but just fell short with his score.
Slater won as usual. Parko squeaked in by 0.04. Does being mates with the head judge help you get the scores...or make sure your opponents don't get theirs?
Round 4 match-up see Heat 2 as being the the tough one- Medina, Mick and CJ.
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Remember the furore around Lewis Samuel's power rankings that the ASP put up then yanked down a day later cos of mommy-boy surfers not being able to deal with a bit of wit & criticism. Well, props to CJ Hobgood who approached Samuels and asked him to write a review for him, here goes:
"Few venues have been as selectively cruel to a world champ as the Gold Coast has been to CJ Hobgood. Sure, Sunset Beach hates Kelly Slater as much as Kelly hates Sunset. But the tour doesn't kick off at Sunset. Instead, each season dawns on the sticky sheets of the Snapper, at an event seemingly engineered by a higher power to kick CJ Hobgood squarely in his aging Southern nuts. Over the last decade, CJ has gotten axed in Round 2 or 3 with Job-like consistency, minus a couple Quarters finishes, in '05 and '09, which served primarily as a tease. Some dismiss it as another bowl-splattering case of Regularfoot's Revenge, but CJ's routine ejections in the draw's irritable bowels go beyond anti-goofy bias. Wright, Logie, Buchan and other screwfoots shine at Snapper, while CJ rarely finds rhythm. Some years it looks like equipment problems, other years it looks like he's forcing turns or missing combos, his Kirra Curse clouding his lines. Hell, maybe the sinner's feast of bare, young flesh writhing on the beach short-circuits something in his brain. If the tour kicked off in God's Country - Fiji or Tahiti - CJ wouldn't start each season from down in the hole. But the tour starts down under, leaving Hobgood ever-grasping towards another unlikely dream: Gold Coast redemption."