I got up nice and early today and toddled down to see what was going on in the Land Rover sponsored Quiksikver and Roxy Pros. I haven’t been able to get down before as I had something on earlier in the week.
I went to Snapper Rocks first, had a look around the ‘surf village’ and got a feel for the day. Snapped this shot of possible future champs, who knows? They were watching all the hoo haa that accompanies the Pro staff trying to corral and organise those big floaty things that mark out the ‘course’.
Then I drove over to Kirra, and was lucky enough to get a nice close parking spot (right by the loos, very convenient LOL), and I walked down to the rock wall at the southern end of the beach. Most of my shots are from there, it was a good vantage point early but as the morning progressed the action went north. Tomorrow I may set up a bit further north myself.
I managed to shoot all the competitiors bar Carissa Moore in QF4, the waves had moved along and she was surfing a L O N G way up the beach. First, the results.
So, my images for QF1. The first is Tyler Wright and the second Courtney Conlogue.
Quarter Final 2 was bewteen Stepahnie Gilmore, who scored the highest wave of the QFs at 9.8, and Alana Blanchard.
Stephanie Gilmore in the tube during her 9.8 ride
Alana Blanchard cutting up a wave during QF2
Stephanie Gilmore – always showing genuine pleasure when fans approach – here coming back after her round with a lovely smile fot eh folk hoping to snap a photo.
Stephanie Gilmore coming in with a smile for fans, after winning her Quarter Final and progressing to the semi finals.
Quarter Final 3 was between Bianca Buitendag of South Africa, who just could not seem to get a decent wave, and Sally Fitzgibbon of Australia who, perhaps knowing the beach better, caught several well scoring waves to progress to the Semi Finals
Binaca Buitendag in a tube which unfortunately closed in on her.
Sally Fitzgibbons caught this nice tube and rode through it and pulled off some good turna on the end of this wave.
QF4 was between Carissa Moore of Hawaii and Pauline Ado of France. Again, Moore, who has surfed in Australia several times, seemed to catch better waves more often and progressed through to the Semis. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good enough image of her to put up here.
Pauline Ado of France catching a tube during QF4 – unfortunately for her it closed in, leaving her nowhere to go.
And we were also treated to our local ‘Didge man’ (that’s what I always think of him as) who is a regular sight round the traps on the Gold and Tweed coasts.
Russel Corowa and his didgeridoo are a fixture at Snapper Rocks, where the Aboriginal man proudly celebrates his indigenous heritage by blessing the surf while overlooking the waves.
Russel Corowa – didgeridoo man