Revving up for world
tour opener at Snapper IT'S less than two weeks now before the world's best surfing pros come to town for the first ASP World Tour opener, the Quiksilver Pro (mens) and Roxy Pro (womens) 28th Feb 14th of March to be held at Snapper Rocks.
Seven-times world champ Kelly Slater celebrated his 34th birthday in Hawaii last Sunday.
Slater is planning a belated birthday bash on the Gold Coast with 200 invited guests at an undisclosed location with Xavier Rudd entertaining the VIP list.
Meanwhile three-times world champ Andy Irons and Coolangatta's Joel Parkinson scored one of their best surf sessions ever (and that's a big call) at Andy's Hawaiian home break of Hanalei Bay, Kauai. AI and Parko towed in to 15ft Hawaiian size waves that resembled Kirra Point but triple overhead and more room inside the barreling Hanalei bowl than a drive through carwash.
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KIRRA'S Mick Fanning was a standout at DBah last Saturday where he surfed in his club's round winning the final from Currumbin's Corey Ziems.
The pre-contest warm-up made it clear the world number three is totally on his game.
Of course he had to forfeit the $1000 winner-take-all cheque due to his ASP top 45 con- tract.
2002 Quiksilver champ Dean Morrison has been seen at Snapper Rocks regularly ripping and the Comeback King Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo is looking supremely fit making an MC appearance for the Billabong Pro Teens on his mountain bike.
Coolum's Julian Wilson is destined to be on the ASP World Tour and at only 17 years of age is leading the ratings on the ASP Australasia pro junior (20 years and under) after a convincing maiden win to take out the Billabong Pro Teens at D-Bah.
The immensely talented competitor, who has been one of the best junior longboarders in Queensland, leads the Billabong Pro Teens series going into Wollongong.
The winner of the five part series will be invited into the trials of the 2007 WCT Billabong Pro at Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Runner-up of the Billabong Pro teen final, Brendan Leckie of the Alley boardriders, was the surprise package of the event making his first pro junior final after taking out ratings leader Laurie Towner, Manly's Nick Riley and Sam Page, and Japan's Hideyoshi Tanaka.
Last year Brendan's club, the Alley boardriders, placed second to Manly's QBC featuring both Page and Riley taking out the Globe Pro Junior teams and it was good to see Leckie even up the score against the Manly boys and post a personal best.
Snapper's Josh Kerr is off to an impressive start on the WQS after two events.
Kersey is in fourth position on the ASP QS ratings. The top 15 qualify for the 2007 ASP World Tour.
RIP Curl's Doug Warbrick held an industry launch at his palatial Currumbin beach house to view the latest Rip Curl Pro mobile WCT ASP June event to be held somewhere in Mexico and a location even better than Puerto Escondido.
In attendance was the simply sensational Stephanie Gilmour fresh from her maiden WQS win at Phillip Island. The Kingscliff princess looked trim, taught and terrific.
Former ASP World womens pro Kate Skarrat has been helping Steph with her training and keeping a lid on the lolly jar.