At the first competition of the 2014 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro held at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast of Australia, Brazillian Gabriel Mendia took home first place by defeating Joel Parkinson. In the chest to overhead rights, Mendia became the second ever goofy-footer to claim victory at Snapper Rocks during an ASP event.
It wasn’t an easy ride to the top of the podium for Mendia who had to beat out 2013 ASP World Champ Mick Fanning and former ASP Champion Joel Parkinson. In the Final, Parkinson scored a 9.0 on his first wave by getting a barrel from behind the rocks. However, Mendia’s relentless surfing and backside style logged him enough points to slip passed Parko and win by only 0.06 points.
With the start of the 2014 ASP World Tour the race for the World Title is on. As of now Mendia sits at first followed by Parkinson at second, Burrow and De Souza splitting third, while Fanning and Slater are tied at 5th. It’s going to be a great year and with the addition of J-Bay we should see plenty of quality surf in the 2014 ASP World Tour.
Held in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast was the Women’s Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Congratulations to Stephanie Gilmore for winning the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast by defeating Bianca Buitendag. It was great to have both Men’s and Women’s ASP Tour stops at the same time. The beach was packed to see both events and it made the freesurf sessions great to watch as the world’s best men and women shared one of the finest breaks in the world. Check back to BCsurf.com for all your coverage on surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding.