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Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)
2004 World Championship Tour (WCT)
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast (March 2nd to 14th)

Aussie Troy Brooks to replace Hawaiian Sunny Garcia - Promising Surf forecast.
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast Thursday, February 26th, 2004

Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater & Luke Munro
It was wildcard announcement day at Snapper today,
Kelly Slater dealing the 'cards'. Who has the wildcard
- both Luke Munro ( R ) and Ventura's Dane Reynolds.

2000 ASP World Champion Sunny Garcia has been forced to withdraw from next week's Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile, paving the way for Gold Coast resident Troy Brooks' main event wildcard spot.

Luke Munro & Dane Reynolds
Dane Reynolds and Luke Munro

Garcia, who received an injury wildcard to the 2004 tour following major knee reconstruction surgery in 2003, was set to compete in the first event of this year's world tour. Unfortunately the Hawaiian re-injured his knee last week while surfing at home in Hawaii. The injury is obviously a huge disappointment for Garcia and it's not known when he might return to competition, but the door has now been opened for Brooks as the next highest rated surfer on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) from last season.

Troy Brooks, Lisa Anderson & Kelly Slater
Kelly fields a question flanked by Lisa Anderson,
and Troy Brooks who will be taking Sunny
Garcia's place in the Quiky Pro draw.

" I feel like a bit of a vulture," joked Brooks. "Waiting to see if someone's going to be injured or pull out of an event. But if the opportunity is there, then I'm stoked. As a wildcard I've got nothing to lose so I'll take that attitude into this event. I definitely feel I surf better when I'm not under pressure."

Lisa Anderson & Kelly Slater
Is Kelly making Lisa blush?

Brooks, who re-located from Victoria to the warm waves of the Gold Coast 12-months ago to better his surfing, is no stranger to WCT competition having surfed as a wildcard in eight events the past three years, including last year's Quiksilver Pro where he met - and defeated - the defending champion and Snapper local Joel Parkinson. As fate would have it, this year will feature a round one rematch between the two, along with Brazilian Victor Ribas.

Lisa Anderson, Luke Munro, Dane Reynolds & Kelly Slater
The press melee aim their cameras at Roxy
wildcard Lisa Anderson, and Quiky Pro wildcards
Dane Reynolds and Luke Munro, standing after the
press conference with Kelly Slater.

"Parko's one of the last guys you want to draw in a heat at Snapper," laughed Brooks. "Last year I was lucky enough to get the upper hand. So I guess if we're surfing Snapper again I'll stick to the same format, try and get a couple behind the rock and hunt the barrels! Victor's also one of the most competitive surfers on tour, he's good in any type of conditions so it'll be all on between us for sure."
Highly touted Californian super grom Dane Reynolds and former ASP Australasian Junior Circuit champion local Luke Munro have also received wildcards. Their opening round match ups cannot be decided, however, until the completion of Monday's trials - where the remaining wildcard spot will be filled.

There's some heavy machinery working down at
Snapper getting the huge site constructed.
How good is the number plate?!

Six-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) regards all of the wildcards as major threats, particularly good friend Munro.
"I'm actually staying at Luke's house while I'm here," said Slater. "So if I draw him in the event I'd like to take him out early. It might help me sleep at night," he laughed. "But seriously, all these guys are capable. Luke's won junior events at Kirra and he knows the waves around here so well, and as far as Dane goes he was one of the highest point scorers in an event we surfed in together in California and he's so naturally talented. It could be a real wake up call for any of the seeds if they draw these guys."

Luke Munro
Luke Munro pulls in on his first wave, a rare 'proper'
good looking Snapper specimen. He looked in good
form throughout his afternoon session.

Despite one of the worst flat spells in recent memory, the Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile looks set to begin in great waves should the current weather predictions hold. Two swells, one generated from the south and another that is predicted to build from the east off Tropical Cyclone Ivy, should produce decent waves for Monday's trialists. Favorable southerly winds are also predicted which will create ideal offshore conditions for the famous Gold Coast points.

Kelly Slater
After an initial fall on his first wave, Kelly was soon
settling into anything he paddled for.

The Quiksilver Pro Trials are mobile for the best waves on the Gold Coast with the preferred venue being Snapper Rocks and will be staged on Monday, March 1st commencing at 8am, with the final in the water at around lunchtime.
The US$260,000 Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile and the opening Women's WCT - the USD$62,000 Roxy Pro presented by boost Mobile will both have a waiting period from March 2nd through to the 14th featuring the worlds top 45 male and top 15 female surfers.

Kelly Slater
Kelly at full do those guys recover against
the odds from such hyper-extended positions?

Both opening WCT's are mobile tournaments, granting organizers access to some of the best surf breaks on the planet. The event will be based at Snapper Rocks; yet can travel from Stradbroke Island in Qld to Ballina, across the New South Wales state border in search of optimum conditions.
Venues such as Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Kirra and Burleigh will hold priority, with visions of long, right-hand barrels filling competitors' minds in the lead up. All spots offer great viewing for spectators to soak up the phenomenal surfing assured to take place.

Duranbah this afternoon looking more like a messed
up neopolitan bucket of chocolate from the
Tweed River draining out days of rain.

With US$250,000 prize money on offer, as well as an early ratings lead for the eventual winner, all focus will be on the Gold Coast as the dream tour gets underway.

Jesse Faen - ASP International Media Manager