Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly Cestari

Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore Reign Supreme at the 2014 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly CestariPictured above: Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast Stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour COOLANGATTA, QLD, Australia - Tuesday, March 11, 2014: A thrilling finals day at Snapper Rocks saw Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) crowned Champions of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour. Brazilian Gabriel Medina’s historic triumph makes him the first Brazilian and only the second goofy-footer ever to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Medina beat 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runner-up Joel Parkinson (AUS) in a nail-biting Final and maintained his trend of come-from-behind victories in the final minutes. Medina previously dispatched reigning three-time World Champion, Mick Fanning, in the Quarterfinals and multiple Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion, Taj Burrow, in the Semifinals. "It's an honor to win this event,” said Medina. “This is the hardest event of the whole Tour and I feel like all the best surfers in the world, Mick (Fanning), Parko (Joel Parkinson) and Taj (Burrow), have won it. It’s been a dream to win since I was a grommet. I’ve been watching those guys on videos and reading about them in magazines. Today I had the opportunity to compete against them and I couldn't let this chance go. It's weird, it's really weird, but it feels so good." "Second two years in a row is heartbreaking, but on the other hand it's still a great start to the year," Parkinson said. "I said the other day that World Titles aren't won or lost at the first event. If I didn't have a shocker at Bells last year I would have been right in the Title race, so hopefully I can improve on that this year. Gabriel (Medina) is a huge talent, he deserves the win and has been on fire today so congrats to him.” Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), five-time ASP Women's World Champion, today claimed her fifth Roxy Pro Gold Coast event title, with a sensational performance. Gilmore dispatched reigning two-time ASP Women's World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinals and went on to take down South Africa's Bianca Buitendag in the Final. It was Buitendag's first ASP WCT Final appearance, but it was Gilmore's day, with the local lass peaking when it counted with her unique brand of powerful and beautiful surfing helping her post excellent scores all day. "I haven't felt this feeling in a while," said Gilmore. "It’s the best feeling in the world to have all your friends and family around and hi-five everyone. I paddled up to Joel (Parkinson) before my heat to get some of his good vibes because he kept getting so many great barrels. From the beginning of the heat I had it in my head that it's only 30 minutes and I only had to catch two good waves and just have fun. So that’s what I did. Winning the heat against Carissa was such a big confidence booster for me. It's going to be a long hard year but I'll do as much as I can to try and win the Title." "I'm so overwhelmed by this experience. It's a first time for me and I didn't quite know what to expect," said Buitendag. "It's a bit like a dream for me. I'm giving my prize money to charity. We are so lucky and we have so much already. It goes along way." Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning three-time ASP World Champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Gabriel Medina (BRA) in an exciting goofy verse regular match-up. Fanning took an early lead and looked as though he was destined for the Semifinals, but Medina had other plans, stealing the momentum of the heat and a Semifinal match-up against Taj Burrow (AUS) with an excellent 9.40 (out of a possible 10). "I knew the wave he got was going to be a good one and I was out of position so I just had to sit and wait to see what he scored," Fanning said. "All credit to him (Gabriel Medina) even if you get a great wave, you still have to surf it to get big scores. It's a lot harder out in the water than it looks from the sand. That's the way it was and I just have to look at what I did wrong and learn and move on." Reigning ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW) was eliminated in the first Semifinal of Roxy Pro Gold Coast by event Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. The highly anticipated heat was a clash of the titans, with a collective seven ASP Women's World Titles in the water. The local hero eliminated Moore who, up until today, was the form surfer of the event. Moore leaves the event with an equal third place finish. "I'm going to have to go away and look at what went wrong," Moore said. "I've had such a great event and I was feeling really good but it just didn't go my way today. I'm going home disappointed, but I lost in the Semifinals last year and still won the ASP World Title so I'm positive about the year ahead." Kelly Slater (USA), 11-time ASP World Champion and last year's Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Adriano De Souza (BRA). Before today's clash the pair had met 16 times in ASP WCT history, with Slater holding the advantage with 11 wins. Despite being behind on wins, De Souza's effort today makes it five wins in a row against Slater who exited the event with an equal fifth place finish. "It was frustrating because I fell on a couple of waves," Slater said. "Adriano (De Souza) was on the better end of being in sync with the sets, it seemed like the better waves always came when he had priority. I probably could have been more patient. You don't know out there because you catch a wave and hope it builds down the line. I never really felt on today, I was pretty tired after that heat. A bit of a lapse in concentration for me." Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final Results: Final: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.27 Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results: Final: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results: Semifinal 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.10 Semifinal 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.67 Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results: Semifinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40 Semifinal 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results: Quarterfinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.46 Quarterfinal 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.83 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.00 Quarterfinal 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.53 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.17 Quarterfinal 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.26 Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly CestariPictured above: Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins the 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari Additional Resources: ASP - Association of Surfing Professionals - official site ASP World Tour on Twitter ASP World Tour on Instagram
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Surf Photo Friday – Role Models, Why They Still Matter

Surf Photo Friday - role models - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Surf Photo Friday - Role Models, Why They Still Matter I opened the app to discover today's offerings---selfies, bikini photos, over-exaggerated poses, pets, last night's party pics---lined up like a never ending train of visual dominoes, same, same, and more of the same. But here's something, a group photo on Matt Biolos' Instagram. "Big Thanks to @xococoho for coming down this morning and spending time with the girls from @shorecliffs_surf club. They were extremely pumped. You, Miss Coco, are a role model." Seeing the bright faces and shiny smiles brought me back to being a young surfer myself. I was suddenly transported back to a day when I foolishly bumped rails with Shaun Tomson (while we were both sitting on our boards at Rincon). He could have called me an idiot, but he didn't. He smiled instead and I was an even bigger fan than before. I'll never forget the day, just as these young surfers will always remember the morning Coco Ho visited their local break and surfed with them before school. Role models matter, more so today than ever before. Sexiest this, hottest that, Top 10 lists on every body part imaginable---I can't imagine what goes through the minds of young kids navigating a world where fame trumps everything else. False heroes with purchased social media followers and brain cell-killing reality shows are talked about ad nauseam while real heroes fly under the radar. How many followers does your teacher have? Your doctor? Your local librarian? How about your parents or grandparents? While an educated guess would put their Klout scores in the single digits, their real life impact is immeasurable. They instruct, heal, love, and support us. In short, they're role models and often the most important people in our lives. While the experiences of the surfing population are as varied as the sand on the beach, there's no single path that leads one toward becoming a person of influence. However, whether we're world champions or locals at the nearest beachbreak, it all starts with a warm smile, a word of encouragement, the sharing of a wave. With a good heart and generous spirit, we can all make a positive impact on those around us. Role models still matter---they always will. Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone ...and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. Also, thank you to Matt Biolos for allowing us to share his photo for this week's feature.
Kelly Slater spends a moment with three young surfers and leaves a positive impression that will last a lifetime. Chris Grant photo.Above: The photo says it all---100% pure stoke. When you're floating in the lineup, you see many things that don't get covered by magazines, aren't seen in photographs, and aren't really celebrated at all. A while back one of those special swing waves hit the lineup at Lowers. Kelly Slater was in position for a wave he clearly had his eyes on. The only other person nearby was a tiny little kid who was tentatively angling for the same wave. The World Champ gave the kid a quick nod, the grom quickened his paddling speed and was soon dropping into a beautiful 100-yard right. The moment won't be recorded in the halls of surf lore, but these small acts of kindness are what turn champions into legends.
Bruna Schmitz shares a smile with young surf fans. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Above: In one of my favorite post-heat photos, Brasil's Bruna Schmitz shares a smile with a couple of young fans.
Courtney Conlogue shares some smiles with a group of kids in Huntington Beach. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Above: Courtney Conlogue poses with a group of kids who will no doubt remember the moment for the rest of their lives.
Coco Ho spends time with the girls from Shorecliffs Surf Club. Photo courtesy of Matt Biolos.Photo courtesy of Matt Biolos
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Surfing New Jersey's Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer's Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9'10" Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon
Additional Resources: Coco Ho on Instagram Matt Biolos on Instagram Shorecliffs Surf Team on Instagram Kelly Slater on Instagram Bruna Schmitz on Instagram Courtney Conlogue on Instagram
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