Quik Pro at Snapper Rocks Starts Off New Season With a Bang

The first exciting moment came in heat three, when Fred Patacchia took out both Kelly Slater and CJ Hobgood. “I’m just happy that it’s a new year,” Patacchia ​said in a WSL press release. “We get to start all over again from zero and show the judges and the fans what we’ve been working on in the offseason.

WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil winning his Round 1 heat at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

Dusty Payne of Hawaii winning his Round 1 heat with a near perfect 9. 67 score (out of a possible 10. 00) at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

Matt Banting of Port Macquarie, Asutralia winning his round 1 heat at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

Fred Patacchia Jnr winning his Round 1 heat at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

Jordy Smith of South Africa winning his Round 1 heat at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

Joel Parkinson of Coolangatta, Australia winning his round 1 heat at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

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After his incredible performance at the Triple Crown last season, Payne is back and looking stronger than ever. “I’ve been watching all morning and the guys making it through the heats are on the bigger waves, so that’s what I tried to do,” Payne ​said in his post-heat interview. “I want to be on this Tour for a long time.

Read more here: The Inertia

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