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.
Fred Patacchia Jnr 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.
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