World Surf League Season 2016 – Tour Report

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Blowing In The Wind – John John Florence –  Quicksilver Pro, Gold Coast, Australia

World Surf League Season of 2016 is now underway with the Australian leg of the World Championship Tour now completed and the new ratings leader is Matt Wilkinson from Australia who sits on top of the ratings points at present and now holds the leaders jersey.

The Australian leg consisted of championship tour events held on the East Coast of Australia which included the first event of the year. The Quicksilver / Roxy Pro held at the famous Gold Coast point break location named The Super Bank. A world class wave which on it’s day  can provide surfers with an amazing venue to surf. The winner of this years Quicksilver Pro contest was Matt Wilkinson from Australia who defeated Kohloe Andino from USA in a tightly held final which came down to one wave separating the two surfers from the international surfing judges. Throughout the week competitors enjoyed good waves in the 2 / 4 feet range with plenty of upsets. The tour seeds being eliminated by the tour rookies and solid crowd numbers, were watching the first contest of the year which kicked off on The Gold Coast in Queensland.

Event number two was The Rip Curl Easter Classic a long standing event held at Bells Beach, Victoria in which Matt Wilkinson had the honour of claiming and ringing his first Bells Beach Title. He has really stepped up with his competitive act this year on tour.The final event for The Australian leg of the tour was The Drug Aware Pro held in Margaret River, Western Australia and is a popular stopover for most competitors due to the great assortment of surfing breaks that can be found throughout the region of Margaret River. This year’s Drug Aware Pro winner was Sebastian Zietz from Hawaii, who claimed his maiden World Championship Tour Victory.Congratulations to Sebastian.

The tour  moves onto to Brazil and it will be interesting to see who can stop Australian goofy foot surfer Matt Wilkinson who has been a standout performer, so far on this years World Surf League Championship Tour. Will it be Sebastian Zietz from Hawaii or maybe even Jordy Smith from South Africa can step up to claim the leaders jersey.

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