Expression Session at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast
After a mission which saw the world’s best female surfers scour the coast in search of quality waves, event organizers of the Roxy Pro have decided to call a lay day at Snapper Rocks on Australia's Gold Coast.
Early this morning, there were some positive signs that Round 3 of the event – the first on the ASP Women’s World Tour – would get underway, and the girls were sent out for the Samsung Expression Session to test the waters and show the massive crowd on hand their wares.
Chelsea Hedges (AUS) took honors for best wave while Megan Abubo stood out for best manoeuvre. Both girls were awarded $2000 worth of Samsung gear for their troubles. Unfortunately, the conditions deteriorated with a heavy onshore wind thus leading to the event organizers attempting to move the event 45 minutes north where winds were more favorable.
On arrival at a location known as The Spit, an artificial reef constructed in front of world famous Surfer’s Paradise, it was deemed that conditions were unsuitable for competition and the event was called off for the day.
“Well, we’ve been chasing our tail all day trying to give ourselves the opportunity to finish the event before the cyclone potentially hits," said reigning ASP Women’s World Champ Layne Beachley. “We started with the Expression Session hoping that northwest winds would turn northeast while we were out in the water. That didn’t eventuate so then we went up to the Spit because it’s really clean in this wind and that wasn’t really rideable. We came to Narrowneck and crash test dummied it, but that didn’t work either. We’ve exhausted every possible option and decided that surfing two-foot blown out Snapper would be better that two-foot blown out Narrowneck, so we’re off for today."
Organizers will once again convene at Snapper Rocks tomorrow morning and will make a call regarding the continuation of either the Roxy Pro of the Quiksilver Pro events.
Round 3 Roxy Pro Match-Ups: 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd is eliminated
Heat 1: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) vs. Amee Donohoe (AUS)
Heat 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Heat 3: Megan Abubo (HAW) vs. Samantha Cornish (AUS)
Heat 4: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
Heat 5: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 7: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Heat 8: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Caroline Sarran (FRA)