For so many Aussies (and the rest of the world) this year's Quik and Roxy Pros were heart-stopping
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 March, 2017 - One of our favorite lensmen Peter "Joli" Wilson has filed his first report from the Quik and Roxy Pros as they kicked off the 2017 WSL World Tour season at Snapper Rocks.
Known for his insight and his eye for detail, Peter took in the excitement that was Owen and Stephanie's triumphant return to the podiums. Read On...
G-day from the Gold Coast.
The Quiksilver Pro & Roxy Pro kicked off the 2017 WCT year and both were 'true blue’ jersey days for the Aussies. Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore took out the wins…both wearing blue.
Owen’s win can only be described as a ‘fairy tale’ return to competitive surfing after a massive wipe out at Pipeline in 2015 and suffering a serious head injury.
As he said at the awards ceremony he was sitting in front of his doctor as late as February wondering if he’d even be competing, Just a few weeks later he was taking out the Quiksilver Pro in emphatic style. His vertical backhand attack was flawless and perfectly fitted into the Snapper drainers.
Steph Gilmore also used Snapper to her advantage and as she said after her win she'd been surfing it since she was about 12 years old and felt right at home. She definitely looked right at home, stringing together some top to bottom turns that had the massive crowd gasping and cheering, especially her perfect 10 point ride in the semi’s. This win was her sixth Roxy Pro win at Snapper, no other surfer on the tour, male or female has come close to that record.
Both surfers are now heading to Margaret River for the Drug Aware Pro wearing the ratings leader’s yellow jersey and I’ll be there to capture the next installment of this years WCT tour.