Another year dawns on us, and it looks like it’s going to be a biggie for Red Bull surfing. The Red Bull Jaws Paddle Into Peahi event is still in its waiting period, which runs until March 15. There are still many storms to come, and there is a very good chance that it could still run should Jaws provide. The big wave activity has been fairly quiet during the early days of the waiting period, but with over two months to go, anything could happen. South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker is on stand by should the invited surfers get a heads up, and the lights on the event website go from red to orange.
The event still promises to provide the biggest waves in the world for a paddle event, and those invited surfers are really going to be tested to their limits whilst surfing the biggest surfable waves in the world.
On the pro tour, all eyes are back on to the 2010 runner-up Jordy Smith and he is determined and gunning for a world title this year. After placing runner-up in 2010, and getting injured at a crucial place on the 2011 tour, Jordy experienced a mediocre year last year with some bad lucks and a couple of really close calls that could have gone either way. That the calls didn’t favour him is unfortunate but has done little to curb his desire for a world title. Jordy has been training hard and putting in the hours in Cape Town during the summer, fine tuning his equipment and keeping fit, and he has already expressed his desire to kill it on this year’s tour. The man is hungry.
The first event on the 2013 World Championship Tour is the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and Jordy has had a good run of results at this location and likes the wave. Last year Jordy placed third in this event, losing in the semi-final to eventual event winner Taj Burrow. Having grown up surfing sand bottom right-handers like New Pier and right hand point-breaks like Supertubes, he is right at home in the fast and running waves of Snapper Rocks and is able to fit in the full repertoire of moves on the perfect right-hand walls. In 2011 he placed third as well, and in 2010 he was runner up in the event. That’s a second, a third and a third place finish in the last three years. We think it’s his event to own, and this year is the year he does just that.
The 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast is set to take place on the 2nd – 13th March and will kick of what is set to be an exciting year for professional surfing.