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Reining World Champion Adriano De Souza will be looking to get his 2016 competitive season off to a flying start at Snapper Rocks this Thursday when the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Kicks off. Image: WSL / Cestrari
Reining World Champion Adriano De Souza will be looking to get his 2016 competitive season off to a flying start at Snapper Rocks this Thursday when the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Kicks off. Image: WSL / Cestrari


COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Tuesday, March 8, 2016) - The world’s best surfers have landed in Australia and are ready to kick off the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT) with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast scheduled from March 10-21, 2016. 

The athletes were welcomed last night at the annual Gold Coast gala, where the Top 2015 performers received accolades and awards for standout performances. Last year’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion, Filipe Toledo (BRA), took home the Breakthrough Performer award. Toledo, current No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard, will face Jadson Andre (BRA) and Stuart Kennedy (AUS). 

Last year’s Roxy Pro Gold Coast winner and defending World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW), took home multiple awards at the event, including the Wave of the Year and Heat of the Year. The three-time World Champ will face the hungry and resilient rookie, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) in Round 1. 

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro will commence with a Juraki Indigenous All Star Heat at Snapper Rocks on March 9, 2016 at 8am QLD. Joe Haddon won the first Juraki Surf Culture event in 2015. 

“My experiences with indigenous and local communities and families around the world have been really rewarding and the Juraki community have some really great young surfers,” Joel Parkinson, 2012 WSL Champion, said. “The opportunity to have them mix in with the world’s best surfers is huge and I’m really excited for tomorrow.” 

Quiksilver and Roxy Trials will begin at approximately 9am on March 9, 2016 and will consist of 16 local and international Men and 14 Women, all vying for the final spots in the main event’s.  

Quiksilver have announced Mikey Wright (AUS) as their Wildcard for the event.

There will be a press session held from 10am - 11am at the Quiksilver Boardriders Club, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, where a selection of athletes including Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, Courtney Conologue, Mick Fanning, Kanoa Igarashi and reigning World Champion Adriano De Souza who will all be available for interview. Media can apply for accreditation for the press session and the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast event via the Press Room on WorldSurfLeague.com. 

2016 World Surf League Championship Tour Australian Events:
Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast: March 10-21, 2016
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: March 24-April 5,2016
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: April 8-19, 2016

For more information, log onto WorldSurfLeague.com

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Keanu Asing (HAW), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS), TBD
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), TBD
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Jack Freestone (AUS)

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Chelsea Tuach (BRB), TBD
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Keely Andrew (AUS) About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.

Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com
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