BACKDOOR PIPELINE: Dean Morrison competes at the Volcom Pipe Pro, Hawaii, during his second trip to Pipeline in a month. Unfortunately he was beaten in the early rounds.
BACKDOOR PIPELINE: Dean Morrison competes at the Volcom Pipe Pro, Hawaii, during his second trip to Pipeline in a month. Unfortunately he was beaten in the early rounds. BERNI BAKER

Surfing on the Coast heats up

IT’S a massive month of surfing events here on the Coast with back to back weekend comps.

Following hot on the heels of the Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior won by Brazilian Peterson Crisanto pocketing the richest pro junior cheque yet of $25,000, the world’s best junior surfers head to North Stradbroke Island for this week’s Oakley Pro Junior from February 2 to 6.

Next up is the annual Rhythm Kirra Teams challenge hosted by the Kirra Surfriders club from February 11 to 13 and is traditionally the biggest assembly of board-riding clubs in the world where surfing for your team is number one priority.

The first ASP/WQS event for the region will be back at Burleigh Point for the 4-star Breaka Burleigh Pro from February 16 to 20 attracting world-class pro surfers such as Joel Parkinson, Dean Morrison, Josh Kerr and local hero Jay Thompson amidst a huge hungry pack of young aspiring pro’s vying to qualify for the ASP World Tour.

To round off the heavy month of competition, the first ASP World Championship Tour event of 2011, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro from February 2 to March 9 kicks off on the last weekend of the month with trials for both men’s and women’s on Friday 25. World champs Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore will take centre stage for the main event at Snapper Rocks joined by a new order hoping to create some upsets. Unfortunately it seems unlikely the greatest free surfer on the planet Dane Reynolds will be competing, owing to major knee surgery, but there are plenty of other mind-blowing talents like Coolangatta’s Josh Kerr back on tour for the second time and Coolum’s kid colossal Julian Wilson making his ASP World Tour debut.

On the movie front, Dean Morrison’s A Dingo’s Tale, is receiving rave reviews with eclectic content featuring Dean’s turbulent life, his epic surf trips and laconic personality.

Rabbit Bartholomew who mentored Dean in his junior years said, “Dean has ridden more barrels than just about anyone on the planet.”

Morrison returned from Hawaii and his second trip in a month competing at the Banzai Pipeline in the Da Hui Backdoor shootout and Volcom Pipe Pro, unfortunately bowing out in the early rounds. Local North Shore boy wonder John John Florence won both events and has been elevated to the new status of Mr Pipeline.

There’s a couple of worthy flood appeal fundraisers to join in on at the Coast this month. Firstly Heidi Bartholomew has organised the Heartwave Beach walk on Saturday February 12 for a one kilometre walk from Elephant Rock, Currumbin to Tugun and back. $10 donations will be collected for the Premier’s Disaster Appeal and participants are to form the shape of a heart on the beach for the media.

Walkers will meet from 7.30am to 8.30am on the Southside of Elephant Rock and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has offered extra parking. Refreshments and energy bars will be made available. It’s a great initiative and feel-good fundraiser.

“The Heartwave Beachwalk 2011 is a way for the folks on the Gold Coast to show our support for our fellow Queenslanders in this time of rebuilding. The floods may have passed but the unity this tragic event has born out in the community will endure,” Rabbit Bartholomew said.

Gold Coast surfing legend Rick Neilsen will host a Windansea expression session on Monday February 21 at First Avenue, Burleigh from 9am.

David “Baddy” Trelor famous from the Morning of the Earth movie has been invited and Ricky has asked everyone to join in on a one-hour surf session before heading up to the Burleigh Mowbray Park Surf Club to assist in the flood appeal fundraiser with music and entertainment and a $10 donation.

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