CHANGE OF CODE: Ironman Ky Hurst changed surf codes for the day to compete in the Surf for Life charity event.
CHANGE OF CODE: Ironman Ky Hurst changed surf codes for the day to compete in the Surf for Life charity event.

World?s surf stars ready for big sets

THE greatest surf show in Queensland, the Quiksilver Pro (Mens) and Roxy Pro (Women's), will kick off next week with arguably the toughest line-up of the world's highest rated competitors in the history of professional surfing.

This year's ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Championship Tour (WCT) is sometimes referred to as the Dream Tour - with 12 global events exotically placed in some of the best surfing locations in the world.

It's also is the heaviest line-up of new wave-warriors versus the seasoned spartan campaigners.

The changing of the guard will be on notice with the introduction of the new judging criteria which has added a new clause, "variety of repertoire."

Six-times world champ Kelly Slater changed the face of surfing in the 1990.

Current three-times world champ Andy Irons took it another step into the new millennium, the judging criteria had to be revised.

Surfing was modernised to keep up with these groundbreaking new moves basically borrowed from skate, or snowboarding, plus windand kite-surfing.

The new revolution in surfing has been fast and furious and thanks to head judge Perry Hatchett, ASP International president Rabbit Bartholomew, tour manager Renato Hickell.

After viewing Kelly Slater's experiment in Fiji last year, the ASP have broadened the scope on judging and opened up the criteria to try and accommodate the new style instead of the stock standard repetitious lip hitting to the beach. The winds of change became apparent two years ago when commitment, innovation and risk was taken into consideration.

The battle lines have been drawn for Snapper Rocks, however after last year's immobile malaise, the first WCT event for 2005 could be anywhere between North Stradbroke Island and Duranbah. There is the probability that the Snapper Super Bank will turn it on from March 1-13. It's very promising indeed. Also there are northerly winds this week.

There are low pressure systems brewing up north ready to turn into intense swell-bearing systems by next week, Snapper will be firing!

The trials of both mens and womens will be held Monday, February 28, at Snapper regardless of conditions - where only the winners of each will qualify for the main event.

The waiting period for the main events will start from Tuesday (March 1-13).

The Quiksilver trials for the mens will feature the following: Nathan Webster (North Narrabeen), Samba Mann (Gold Coast), Jarred Sullivan (Byron Bay), Julian Wilson (Coolum), Maz Quinn (NZ), Shaun Gossman (Gold Coast), Josh Kerr (Gold Coast), Leigh Sedley (Maroochydore), Glen Hall (Umina), Jeremy Flores (Reunion Island), Damon Harvey (Gold Coast) and Mitch Semple (Sunshine Coast).

The Roxy trials for the womens are as follows; Amee Donohoe (Avoca), Carly Smith (Byron Bay), Stephanie Gilmore (Kingscliff), Caroline Sarran (France), Lauren Ringer (Noosa), Roseanne Hodge (South Africa) and Carisse Moore (Hawaii).

o?Thanks to Quiksilver, We have 4 DVD copies of Ross Clarke-Jones Big Wave life adventure movie, titled 6th Element to giveaway by simply writing in on a stamped envelope to the Sports Editor, Gold Coast Mail c/o PO 6336, Tweed Heads South, 2486.

o?Congrats to Helen White, of Bilinga, and G&H White, of Bilinga, you've won tickets to see the new Taj Burrow film Fair Bits.

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