With fun 3-foot walls coming off the rock at Snapper, all your favorite surfers—whether a top seed or not—tore into the place the way you’d expect after two months of preparation.
No one has made that statement clearer in 2011 than Taj Burrow. Today, Taj attacked every lip with the same ferocity as he did last week at Burleigh en route to victory at the Breaka Pro. And after his performance today, Taj has to be considered the favorite to win the Quik Pro too.
Not far off the pace though, would be your cast of usual suspects: Mick, Parko, Jordy, and Kelly, who left the fish at home today and took out a fresh CI pintail that made him look on point and ready to contend for the win.
Two low seeded surfers who lived up to all our lofty expectations today by winning their respective heats, would be Josh Kerr and Julian Wilson. Both presented a complete package complete with proper heat strategy, clean lines, and explosive statement maneuvers when needed.
And one surfer deserving of much more recognition than given, is Daniel Ross. Rossy was the only competitor to ride a four fin today, and whether it was the number of fins, his board, or his ability, he’s simply a much better surfer than people give him credit for.
All in all, the opening day of the Quik Pro was a pleasant return to WT competition for fans and competitors alike. Now we all need to focus a few prayers on a cyclone to form in a favorable position for perfect Snapper or all-time Kirra, and then we will really get a chance to see the world’s best surfers go to town at one of the best surf zones on the planet.