Late summer swells are starting to arrive on the Gold Coast of Australia's East Coast, and just in time for the first event of the Men's & Women's 2017 WSL Championship Tour season. Mick Fanning is back for a full year on tour, Bede Durbidge and Owen Wright have both been cleared for action after massive injuries derailed their 2016 seasons, and Tyler Wright and John John Florence are back to defend their world championships.
We've got all the details you'll need to tune in and catch the action at Snapper Rocks and cheer on your Fantasy Surfer team.
WHO: The WSL Men's Top 34 + 2 wildcards & The WSL Women's Top 17 + 1 wildcard
WHAT: The first event of the 2017 WSL Championship Tour season
WHEN: Waiting period begins March 14 and runs until March 25
WHERE: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
TIME ZONE: The Gold Coast of Australia is 15 hours ahead of the US East Coast and 18 hours ahead of the US West Coast. This means that 7:00 AM March 14th is…
1:00 PM, March 13th in Los Angeles
4:00 PM, March 13th in New York
11:00 AM, March 13th in Hawaii
9:00 PM, March 13th in London
10:00 PM, March 13th in Paris
11:00 PM, March 13th in Durban, South Africa
6:00 PM, March 13th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6:00 AM, March 14th in Tokyo
If you don't find yourself in one of the above mentioned time zones, we highly recommend checking the time difference between the Gold Coast and your location at TimeAndDate.com.
INJURIES: As of today (March 13, USA / March 14, AUS) there are no injuries to report.
WILDCARDS: For the second straight year, Mikey Wright has been awarded a wildcard into the main event of the Quik Pro. Nat Young won the Quiksilver Pro trials and has been given a spot in the main event. Alyssa Lock has won the Roxy Pro trials and has been given the lone wildcard in the women’s main event.
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Men: Matt Wilkinson; Women: Tyler Wright
EVENT WEBSITE: Tune in to the WSL's event live at WorldSurfLeague.com
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Michel Bourez, Conner Coffin, Jadson Andre
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson, Stu Kennedy, Ian Gouveia
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino, Kanoa Igarashi, Jack Freestone
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina, Wiggolly Dantas, Ezekiel Lau
Heat 5: Jordy Smith, Miguel Pupo, Nat Young
Heat 6: John John Florence, Connor O'Leary, Mikey Wright
Heat 7: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Jeremy Flores
Heat 8: Julian Wilson, Caio Ibelli, Leo Fioravanti
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson, Italo Ferreira, Joan Duru
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo, Adrian Buchan, Frederico Morais
Heat 11: Adriano De Souza, Josh Kerr, Bede Durbidge
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz, Owen Wright, Ethan Ewing
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay, Sally Fitzgibbons, Keely Andrew
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb, Sage Erickson, Bronte Macauley
Heat 3: Tyler Wright, Nikki Van Dijk, Alyssa Lock
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue, Silvana Lima, Pauline Ado
Heat 5: Carissa Moore, Laura Never, Coco Ho
Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore, Malia Manuel, Lakey Peterson
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