After blitzing through the first rounds of the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Saturday (Queensland time), things have since hit the skids in Australia. As Coco Ho reported yesterday, "Not a single soul out at Snapper today ... never thought I'd see the day!" Down time's always a dangerous thing. Some of the girls resorted to catching a Rihanna show, Jordy Smith pondered hitting the local bowling alley, ever the competitor, Mick Fanning used the time to simply "recharge the batteries," while others felt compelled to do a little extracurricular work.
In lieu of holding heats in less than marginal conditions, contest organizers opted to get some of the business end of the event out of the way, running the expression session on Sunday and the King of the Groms on Monday. Normally the flurry of air reverses and tail wafts that these entail isn't worth much more than a mention, but considering that tour rookies Julian Wilson and Alejo Muniz took out two consecutive expression sessions (Muniz won Biggest Air and Wilson won Best Wave in the first, and in the second Wilson won Best Wave and Best Air -- on the same wave), while 13-year-old Jack Robinson dominated the 16 and under King of the Groms, the youthful insurgency is definitely worth taking note of.
"Walked away with about $2,000 and I'll probably hand that all over to the breast cancer cause," said Wilson post expression session. "Other than a couple blue bottle stings, the sun's shining and it's all good."
After watching his mom survive a battle with breast cancer, for the past several years Wilson has used his appearance at the Quik Pro as a platform to help raise awareness for the disease. Donning pink trunks and a pink quiver for this event, he's hard to miss. He's also auctioning off one of his boards at Café D'bah with all proceeds going straight to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Artwork on the bottom of the board aptly reads, "Chicks check ya tits!"
And what's there to say about young Jack Robinson as he continues his development? Surfing against kids three years his senior, he appears to be completely unflappable. As of late the West Oz protégé has been logging some water time with Taj Burrow, which can't hurt. Needless to say, we're going to be seeing a lot more of Robinson in the coming months and years.