Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast (Thursday, February 26th, 2004) 2000 ASP World Champion Sunny Garcia has been forced to withdraw from next week’s Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile, paving the way for Gold Coast resident Troy Brooks’ main event wildcard spot.

Garcia, who received an injury wildcard to the 2004 tour following major knee reconstruction surgery in 2003, was set to compete in the first event of this year’s world tour. Unfortunately the Hawaiian re-injured his knee last week while surfing at home in Hawaii. The injury is obviously a huge disappointment for Garcia and it’s not known when he might return to competition, but the door has now been opened for Brooks as the next highest rated surfer on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) from last season.

“I feel like a bit of a vulture,” joked Brooks. “Waiting to see if someone’s going to be injured or pull out of an event. But if the opportunity is there, then I’m stoked. As a wildcard I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll take that attitude into this event. I definitely feel I surf better when I’m not under pressure.”

Brooks, who re-located from Victoria to the warm waves of the Gold Coast 12-months ago to better his surfing, is no stranger to WCT competition having surfed as a wildcard in eight events the past three years, including last year’s Quiksilver Pro where he met – and defeated – the defending champion and Snapper local Joel Parkinson. As fate would have it, this year will feature a round one rematch between the two, along with Brazilian Victor Ribas.

“Parko’s one of the last guys you want to draw in a heat at Snapper,” laughed Brooks. “Last year I was lucky enough to get the upper hand. So I guess if we’re surfing Snapper again I’ll stick to the same format, try and get a couple behind the rock and hunt the barrels! Victor’s also one of the most competitive surfers on tour, he’s good in any type of conditions so it’ll be all on between us for sure.”

Highly touted Californian super grom Dane Reynolds and former ASP Australasian Junior Circuit champion local Luke Munro have also received wildcards. Their opening round match ups cannot be decided, however, until the completion of Monday’s trials – where the remaining wildcard spot will be filled.

Six-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) regards all of the wildcards as major threats, particularly good friend Munro.

“I’m actually staying at Luke’s house while I’m here,” said Slater. “So if I draw him in the event I’d like to take him out early. It might help me sleep at night,” he laughed. “But seriously, all these guys are capable. Luke’s won junior events at Kirra and he knows the waves around here so well, and as far as Dane goes he was one of the highest point scorers in an event we surfed in together in California and he’s so naturally talented. It could be a real wake up call for any of the seeds if they draw these guys.”

Despite one of the worst flat spells in recent memory, the Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile looks set to begin in great waves should the current weather predictions hold. Two swells, one generated from the south and another that is predicted to build from the east off Tropical Cyclone Ivy, should produce decent waves for Monday’s trialists. Favorable southerly winds are also predicted which will create ideal offshore conditions for the famous Gold Coast points.

The Quiksilver Pro Trials are mobile for the best waves on the Gold Coast with the preferred venue being Snapper Rocks and will be staged on Monday, March 1st commencing at 8am, with the final in the water at around lunchtime.

The US$260,000 Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile and the opening Women’s WCT – the USD${{{62}}},000 Roxy Pro presented by boost Mobile will both have a waiting period from March 2nd through to the 14th featuring the worlds top 45 male and top 15 female surfers.

Both opening WCT’s are mobile tournaments, granting organizers access to some of the best surf breaks on the planet. The event will be based at Snapper Rocks; yet can travel from Stradbroke Island in Qld to Ballina, across the New South Wales state border in search of optimum conditions.

Venues such as Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Kirra and Burleigh will hold priority, with visions of long, right-hand barrels filling competitors’ minds in the lead up. All spots offer great viewing for spectators to soak up the phenomenal surfing assured to take place.

With US$250,000 prize money on offer, as well as an early ratings lead for the eventual winner, all focus will be on the Gold Coast as the dream tour gets underway.

OFFICIAL PRESS LAUNCH INVITATION FOR MEDIA Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile Roxy Pro presented by Boost Mobile

In Attendance Reigning two-time world champion Andy Irons (Haw) Former six times world champion Kelly Slater (USA) Six times world champion & defending Roxy Pro champion Layne Beachley (Aus) Defending Quiksilver Pro champion Dean Morrison (Aus) WCT tour rookie and former Pipeline Master Bruce Irons (Haw) World no.4 Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 2003 Roxy Pro runner-up Trudy Todd (Aus) ASP President Wayne “{{{Rabbit}}}” Bartholomew

Time & Date 9am sharp Monday, March 1st, 2004

Venue Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast.

Forwarded by Jesse Faen – ASP Int’l Media Manager Mobile: +61-(0)-407-189-289 ASP Int’l office (Aus): +61-(0)-7-5599-1550

Written by JJ Mobile: 0421 384 431 email:

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