“Matt Wilkinson, the pro tour journeyman from the NSW central coast, surfs like a yobbo. His wide-kneed bottom turn is as refined as a nightclub dance move. His approach to the lip looks as graceful as a suburban front-rower’s shoulder charge. And his descent back down the wave sometimes features comically flailing arms, like Wile E. Coyote when he realises he’s just overshot a cliff” — the opening to Fred Pawle’s contest write-up in The Australian.
“He’s like a good-looking hobbit. Just a nuggetty little hairy thing…” — commentator Ronnie Blakey on rookie Conner Coffin.
“If Wilko manages to lose this, he should get a custom wetsuit with the yellow jersey on it” — Matt Warshaw (@) on Twitter.
“Man if Kolohe takes this so many unemployed contractors in San Clemente are gonna get drunk and punch their wives tonight” — Full-On Steez IV (@) on Twitter.
“Not losing to anyone” — Wilko, post-victory, when asked the secret to his success by Pete Mel.
“His approach to the lip looks as graceful as a suburban front-rower’s shoulder charge”
“I haven’t drank this stuff in years! No taste! Rusts the pipes!” — Christian Fletcher, watching the contest with Sean Doherty, takes a swig of water.
“I haven’t actually made any plans yet… but I’m sure they’ll involve some Coronas and some friends and some wild times” — Wilko looks forward to his victory celebrations.
“I remember the first day Wilko turned up at Snapper to surf the event in 2010, he was on rollerblades and wearing a top hat.” — Sean Doherty in Surfer Mag.