To get to the finals, Nat Young had to get through Aussie ripper Taj Burrow in the semis, and although Taj had 9 scored waves to Nat's 5, Nat had the ones that counted with a combined score of 15.10 that beat out Taj's 13.43. De Souza had a much closer battle with Jordy Smith and advanced to the finals by a razor thing margin, 18.44 to 18.40. Once in the finals, De Souza was able to continue his momentum and pull out yet another tight victory, with a 16.26 to 15.83 wave score win over Nat Young.
On the women's side of the action, Carissa Moore held off Aussie Tyler Wright in a scrappy final marked by a lull that lasted over 25 minutes. Carissa nailed 2 solid waves for a score of 15.40 that was enough for her to ring the bell. Carissa's first place result also moves her into first place in the overall women's WCT ratings over - you guessed it - Tyler Wright. I'm sure this duo will see each other more this season.
the WCT Standings after 2 events:
- Kelly Slater, 11750 points
- Mick Fanning, 11700 points
- Taj Burrow, 11700 points
- Adriano De Souza, 10500 points
- Joel Parkinson, 9750 points
WCT Event 1: Slater Out Surfs Parko to Win Quik Pro Gold Coast
By Andrew Sachs