Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) on Day 3 of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro Challenger Series event. Credit:© WSL / Shield
COOLANGATTA, QLD / Australia (Monday, May 9, 2022) – The Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro presented by Rip Curl, stop one of the 2022 World Surf League Challenger Series (CS), has seen a wet and drizzly day with more epic waves. Snapper Rocks has continued to deliver yet again with waves in the three-to-four foot range running down the point for surfers in the the Men’s Round of 48 and women’s Round of 32.
This event sees hungry newcomers battle with veteran Championship Tour competitors and the stakes are incredibly high for those who are trying to qualify for the 2023 world tour. For South Africa’s Matthew McGillivray who already qualified after his impressive run at the Margaret River Pro, a second-round loss is just another heat surfed and more experience gained. However, for South Africa’s other CS competitors, losing that first heat is an expensive lesson.
Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) lost agonisingly close by 0.01 points in his heat against McGillivray, Mihimana Braye (PYF) and Eduardo Motta (BRA), but the tall and flexible surfer from Jeffreys Bay certainly grabbed everyone’s attention with his confident and radical approach at Snapper Rocks.
Fellow South Africans Eli Beukes, Shane Sykes, Slade Prestwich, Max Elkington and Adin Masencamp were all eliminated in the Round of 96.
In the women’s competition, Zoe Steyn, Sarah Scott and Natasha van Greunen all lost their first round heats, while Sarah Baum (ZAF) advanced to the next round. Unfortunately, Baum was eliminated in the Round of 32 by an in form Gabriela Bryan (HAW) and Kirra Pinkerton (USA).
Big Names Come to Play at Snapper Rocks
Jadson Andre (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Isabella Nichols (AUS), Conor O’Leary (AUS), Jackson Baker (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS) were some of the more established names that saw success on Day 3 at Snapper all finding their way into the next Round of competition.
For some, this success is all about building confidence ahead of the rest of the CT season whilst for others, it’s a fantastic opportunity to grab an early result on the Challenger Series while they look to reinstate themselves at the elite level.