Quik Pro Quick Hits

Everything relevant from the first ASP World Tour contest of the year

| posted on March 11, 2014
Joel Parkinson's smooth fronthand and local knowledge wasn't enough to best Gabriel Medina. Photo: Joli

Joel Parkinson’s smooth fronthand and local knowledge wasn’t enough to best Gabriel Medina. Photo: Joli

The Quik Pro came to a dramatic finish after six consecutive lay days filled with expression sessions and Jimmy Buffett sightings. In uncharacteristic Snapper Rocks fashion, Finals’ day was full of upsets, goofyfooters, and a Brazilian storm that even world champion locals couldn’t stop; all three of which culminated in the Final. After narrowly defeating Taj Burrow with a buzzer-beater backside attack, Gabriel Medina took down Joel Parkinson in a tightly-contested Final that appeared to be out of his reach for the majority of the 35-minute heat. Parkinson’s local knowledge caught him the best waves, including a 9-point ride to start things off, but you can never count out Medina. We’ve broken down all the key aspects of the event, so you can pretend you stayed up to watch it.

SEE THE PHOTOS: Glory on the Gold Coast

Conditions in a Sentence
Moments of quintessential Snapper Rocks brilliance coupled with fickle tide swings and tricky winds, particularly from the Semifinals on.

Best Heat: Final – Gabriel Medina 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson 16.27
Had Parko held on to win the Final, this distinction would have gone to his Semifinal heat against Adriano de Souza, in which he came in with over two minutes on the clock after posting a 9.00 and an 8.77. But Medina’s comeback in the dying minutes, and his buzzer-beater 7.83, were more than enough to edge it out.

Breakthrough Performer: Miguel Pupo
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thought a sophomore goofyfooter would beat Owen Wright and Josh Kerr en route to a Quarterfinal finish. Pupo’s ability to string together multiple backhand maneuvers in both the critical and flat sections of the bank were topped only by Medina. Let’s see if he can take some momentum into Margaret River.

Disappointing Performer: TIE – Julian Wilson and John John Florence
Without a doubt, Wilson and Florence have the talent to be in the Top 10, if not the Top 5. That makes them title contenders and title contenders can’t lose in Round 2. Don’t expect the first-contest-of-the-year slump to last, Florence won Margaret River when it was a WQS and Wilson is too good to let this get to his head.

Best Post-Heat Interview: Jeremy Flores
Flores gave a candid description of his priority interference with Adriano de Souza in their Round 3 heat, calling it “lame” and an example of de Souza’s “poor sportsmanship.” Whether de Souza’s take off falls in line with common surf etiquette or not, Flores knows the rules and fully could have avoided the situation. Regardless, it was quite refreshing to see such an off-the-cuff, honest response rather than the usual “taking it heat by heat” and “looking forward to the next event” answers.

Commentator Quote of the Event: “Priority? I don’t need no stinkin’ priority.”
Pat Parnell’s description of Gabriel Medina’s last-minute victory over Taj Burrow in the Semifinals may not be the most eloquent, but it perfectly described the situation. Medina’s ability to make scores out of waves under his competitors’ priority has become unparalleled and his biggest strength. This begs the question though, can he continue to rely on last-ditch efforts or will late heat starts be his downfall?

Fantasy Surfer Stat of the Event: 77% of people owned Owen Wright
Due to Wright’s injury wildcard, his price tag was a mere $3,000,000. Unfortunately, he drew an in-form Miguel Pupo in Round 3. I can’t imagine that ownership percentage will go down any time soon; his new price, $3,250,000, is still too low to pass up for a surfer of his caliber.

What do you think were the critical moments of the 2014 Quik Pro Gold Coast?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Marcus B

    I would add: Best Post-Heat Interview: Fredy P´s about judging, and De Sousa´s one about the Flores incident. And also a “Best interview question”: “KS, how do you feel knowing you´ll compete against a guy who you haven´t beat in a man on man heat since 2010?” That was a great one!

  • PseudoSurfer ⚓

    the quote of the event was “the usual suspects”

  • Malcolm McLeod

    How did Joel not win? taking off in critical positions time after time, & getting barrelled deep, & Medina was taking off in kiddies corner & did not make any barrels?

    • Tom Cloke

      Because Brazil makes the ASP more money!

      • FCS 37

        Lol More money then Australia or USA? You guys are running out of excuses!!!

  • tony (ty) carson big island

    “The surf industry, (pro surfing), is not surfing, my brief forays into the dark sickly heart of the matter have reminded me ot that.” Lewis Samuels

  • Daniel

    You forgot the obvious: “best performance all the way from the early rounds to the final”: Gabriel Medina

  • Daniel

    Here’s a brief suggestion on how Sean and Surfer editorial could bring about some higher level stories:
    “Medina catches a wave with priority and proceeds to go absolutely bananas, banking huge 12 o’clock snaps, up and into the pocket mercilessly. Each time extending his back foot to accentuate the tail and drift back into the face. Defying gravity he holds himself up in the lip, eyes fixed on a dance down the line.

    He backs it up quickly, this wave more of a grower. Accelerating out of his turns, possessing nerves of steel, he blows the fins out of his turns and puts on a display of how to ride backside at Snapper Rocks. He finishes well into Rainbow Bay kicking out to the cheers and whistles of a bikini-clad crowd. The momentum shifts to team Medina.”

  • tony (ty) carson big island

    “Professionalism will be completely destructive to any control an individual has over the sport at present. The organizers will call all the shots and collect the profits while the wave rider does all the work and receives little. Also, since surfing’s allegiance with the decadent big-business interests is designed only as a temporary damper to complete fiscal collapse, the completion of such a partnership will serve only to accelerate “The Art’s” demise. A surfer should think carefully before selling his being to these “people”, since he will be signing his own death warrant as a personal entity.” Miklos Sandor Dora– AKA- The Black Knight- Da Cat–Miki Dora

  • Marcio Vianna

    Gabriel won the contest surfing in the same way of the locals (parko-fanning). What do you think about this, Is medina now a unique air maneuver surfer? Think about it!!! kkkkk

  • Marcio Vianna

    Now the ASP is pro-Brazil? kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk You are really funny!!!!

  • brastrive

    No doubt snapper is a natural stance’s only wave.But in a fair to good conditions, way far from last year epic final at kirra,with a shortage of 10 point rides and barrels nothing more plausible that the contingent of goofyies took place with Medina’s flawless performances as did Freddy P, Pupo and Cj. The absense of the australian’s goofyes contingent,apparently out of rythm,in the final day after a brilliant 2013 season was the down point. This point out to the real changes of how to judging performances.

  • MrBacurizao .

    jeremy crying like a baby those r the rules, people do that every time freddy p did the same at teahupo and nobody cried, jeremy saw adriano and tried to force him to not use priority. if he just wanna surf without rules become a free surfer and spank ppl with sunny.

  • tony (ty) carson big island

    “These few Wall Street flesh merchants, (the new asp, zoosea?), desire to unify surfing only to extract the wealth.” Miklos Sandor Dora–AKA– The Black Knight- Nick Dorado–Da Cat–Miki Dora “Thank God for a few free waves.” MSD

  • sep

    Medina got simply a little overscored on his 8.5 which made all the difference. He did well, caught lots of waves and surfed them really well, but 8.5 was pushing it. Isn’t that simple enough

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  • james

    They should take points off for claims. Medina would not have won the heat against Taj or the heat against Joel if it weren’t for him throwing his hands up, just like Mick wouldn’t have won the heat against CJ or YADIN at pipe if he didn’t claim. Medina was trying to claim to get the extra point, he wasn’t surfing to get the extra point. His surfing was repetitive and a lot of his turns/hits were weak with very little difficulty. He did fit a lot of maneuvers into the waves but who the fuck cares?? I KNOW BRAZILIANS LIKE CLAIMING EVERYTHING BUT YOU CAN’T CLAIM A FUCKING 7. And just to add in there….. Adriano is ugly as fuck on a wave, does style count anymore? Flail your arms a little more and eat a banana monkey man

    • Dante

      This guy sounds like a classic “Hater” to me. We should be glad that he is not up there judging !! Time to go surfing and have some fun man ! You are taking this whole thing way to seriously ! And can you surf any where near as good as Adriano or Medina ? Doubtful…

    • Gus Hansen

      Racist, hater and really stupid. Did u listen to yourself? Should be forbidden to claim or judges should not give credit to claim?

  • brastrive

    sep and the parko’s 9 point ride wasn’t overscored, hein? That wasn’t a clean exit did few turns nothing with a big degree of difficulty or comitment and than after that the judges realized and pushe back and stopped overscore parko’s waves and in the final minutes they probably compensated that hopping parko could best medina’s wave