The 2012 Breaka Burleigh Pro got off to great start on a classic Gold Coast summer's day at Burleigh Heads. The first event on the 2012 Australian leg of the ASP World Tour, the ASP 4-Star rated Breaka Burleigh Pro, offers vital points and prize money for surfers looking to jump up the ASP World Rankings.
Australia’s Chris Friend stamped his authority on this event posting two scores in the 8-point-range, earning the highest heat total of the event thus far. Friend picked off the best waves of the set and lit them up with a series of sharp turns and snaps.
"It's great to have an event at home in Queensland, it's only two hours drive from where I live on the Sunshine Coast," said Friend. "I entered this comp late so I had to start in the first round, but I'm not complaining because I get to surf more, and get used to the waves at Burleigh."
17-year-old Kolohe Andino, the Red Bull-backed Californian with a big reputation for busting big airs didn't disappoint the mass of onlookers, as he launched and landed multiple aerials to easily take the win and progress to the next round.
‘I brought 23 boards over, so it's good to get in some fun waves and give them a try.’
"I've been coming to the Gold Coast since I was 7-years-old," said Andino. "It's great to be in the Breaka Burleigh Pro, I'm going to use this and the Sydney event to warm-up for the Quiksilver Pro. I've had a bit of time off and I'm just working on figuring out my boards and my heat strategy. I brought 23 boards over, so it's good to get in some fun waves and give them a try."
Australia’s Adam Bennetts survived a last minute nail-biter in his opening round heat. Sitting in 2nd, Bennetts had done enough to advance but in the last 30 seconds fellow countrymen Steve Powell and James Brydon placed third and fourth respectively after both caught waves that came close to overtaking Bennetts, but fell just short.
"I could kind of see the guys waves from behind, and I didn't think they were good enough to get the score," said Bennetts. "But you never really know so I was pretty nervous. I don't do a lot of comps because I usually can't handle the pressure, but this one is fun because I surf Burleigh all the time, it's the closest point to my house. It's great to come down here and hang with all the Burleigh boys, and represent the Gold Coast north end crew."
The Breaka Burleigh Pro will be broadcast LIVE via breakaburleighsurfpro.com.au