The World Surf League Championship Tour season kicked off on the Gold Coast of Australia with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. The competition window runs until March 22, 2018 and features the world’s best surfers returning to the sport’s elite stage after the two-month offseason.
A six-time winner of Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (1997, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013), Slater was eager to return to competition for the opening event of the year, especially with a great surf forecast coinciding with the event window. However, the foot injury sustained in South Africa last season has yet to fully heal prompting the sporting icon to withdraw from the event.
More info and live courage (20:30 GMT) at www.worldsurfleague.com