Wiggolly Dantas

Finals day kicked off with Brazilians Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo in the quarter final with an extremely close heat with Pupo going through to the semi-final with a 13.70 against 13.67.

Taj Burrow

Heat 2 was an Australian match-up between Julian Wilson and Taj Burrow. Wilson started the heat with an explosive 9.77 putting Burrow in a combo situation. Wilson won the heat with 15.94 against Burrow’s 11.17.

Adriano de Souza

Mick Fanning was up against Adriano de Souza in heat 3 and took out local Fanning with 15.07 over Fanning’s 13.23.

Filipe Toledo

Heat 4 saw another high scoring wave with Filipe Toledo’s 9.67. Durbidge answered back with an 8.40 but his score of 16.23 wasn’t enough to get through to the semifinals to Toledo’s 17.34.

The semifinals were heavily weighted with a Brazilian presence of Miguel Pupo, Adriano de Souza and Filipe Toledo and sole Australian, Julian Wilson.

Julian Wilson

In front of a huge crowd, Miguel Pupo and Julian Wilson started slowly in heat 1 but Wilson took to the air against Pupo’s backhand snaps and it was the airs that took Wilson through to the final with a 16.26 against Pupo’s 15.60.

The final between Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo was a slow start for Wilson who let over 15 minutes pass before taking his first wave and on his second wave scored a 9.10. Toledo kept busy and started the final with an 8.00 ride and scored a 9.60 followed soon with a 9.17, finishing with a 10 point ride. Wilson couldn’t find a score to match and finished with a 14.70.

Filipe Toledo

This year the WSL has introduced personalised numbers for all surfers on the World Tour. A way to align a number with a hero and (we think) a way to sell merchandise off the back of those signature digits. Who chose what and why did they choose it? We grabbed the Quik pro team and got the breakdown.

Jeremy Flores #40 - My postcode in my home town of Hossegor is 40150 so I went with 40. I wanted 69 but they (WSL) wouldn’t give it to me because it would cause too much “suspicion”.

Matt Banting #94 - I went with the year I was born; 1994. I asked for 69 like Jeremy but got told no, even though I said it was because 1969 was the year Quiksilver was founded.

Wiggolly Dantas #06 - I wanted 16 because I was born on 16 December 1989 but Kai Otton already had it. So i chose 06 because its my lucky number.

Freddy Patacchia #50 - Right now (Quiksilver Pro) my rashvest says #88. I chose that because of my home town of Hawaii’s area code and because…aces and eights man, you never fold, you always go for it. But Steph (Stephanie Gilmore) has #88, something to do with the symbol for infinity. I can’t have the same number as a 6x World Champion so I’m changing to #50. Hawaii’s is America's 50th state and the 50th star on the American flag. I’ll be changing over to that number at Bells.

What numbers are the other WCT riders wearing?

Gabriel Medina #10, Mick Fanning #7, John John Florence #12, Kelly Slater #11, Michel Bourez #9, Joel Parkinson #81, Jordy Smith #23, Adriano de Souza #13, Taj Burrow #99, Josh Kerr #84, Kolohe Andino #22, Owen Wright #3, Nat Young #2, Julian Wilson #17, Adrian Buchan #21, Bede Durbidge #33, Filipe Toledo #77, Kai Otton #16, Miguel Pupo #91, Sebastien Zietz #14, Jadson Andre #5, Adam Melling #67, Italo Ferreira #15, Matt Wilkinson #8, Keanu Asing #4, Dusty Payne #87, Brett Simpson #48, Ricardo Christie #18, CJ Hobgood #85, Glenn Hall #25

Kelly Slater

Round 3, heat 1 kicked off early with Brazilian rookie Italo Ferreira taking on Kelly Slater. After a board swap for Slater the waves didn’t deliver and Ferreira won the heat with 13.00 against 8.77 with the first upset of the day.

Heat 2 saw Miguel Pupo take on Josh Kerr for the second year in a row and Kerr narrowly losing with 13.20 to Pupo’s 13.67.

Wiggolly Dantas

Wiggolly Dantas had a strong start throwing buckets to heat 3 with a 7.67 in slow waves. Dantas’ wave selection gave him the win of 15.77 against Joel Parkinson’s 9.93 with the second upset of the day, the first time ever Parko won’t make it through to round 4 at Snapper Rocks.

Heat 4 saw Taj Burrow scoring the first high score of the day with a 9.43 on his second wave. Sebastien Zietz couldn’t match Burrow’s 16.90 and lost with a 11.90 score.

Taj Burrows

Julian Wilson and Nat Young both notched up average 4.84 scores in heat 5 and Wilson took the win with 10.43 over Young’s 8.94.

Heat 6 was world champ Gabriel Medina taking on Glen ‘Micro’ Hall in a close heat. An interference by Medina took Hall through to the next round, the biggest upset of the round to date with a score of 14.23 with Medina’s score reduced to 7.50.

Glen Hall

Mick Fanning scored a 9.13 in heat 7 against Dusty Payne who couldn’t find a score to match and lost with 14.54 to Fanning’s 17.56.

Heat 8 had Owen Wright and Bede Durbidge in the water with Durbidge kicking off the heat with a 8.23. Durbidge maintained the lead winning the heat with 15.90 over Wright’s 14.44.

Adriano de Souza

Adriano de Souza utilized the inner walls to rack up two 7.33 scores. Freddy Patacchia didn’t take off until five minutes left in heat 9 but couldn’t find a wave to experience one of the worst heats he’s ever had with a score of 1.13 against de Souza’s 14.76.

Rookie Matt Banting kept busy in heat 10 and veteran Jordy Smith scored an 8.10 with a total score of 14.67 to Banting’s 13.90.

Matt Banting

Filipe Toledo started heat 11 with a massive 9.57 score and didn’t score big again until his last wave with an 8.93. Kolohe Andino didn’t find his groove until his last wave of 9.07 but this wasn’t enough to beat Toledo’s 18.50, the biggest heat score of the day.

The final heat of round 2 had another big upset with Matt Wilkinson scoring 17.83 against John John Florence’s 16.13. Florence’s 9.23 ride wasn’t enough to progress through to round 3.

John John Florence

Round 4

The first heat of round 4 was a battle between the Brazilians with Miguel Pupo scoring an 8.50 and 8.73 taking the lead over Wiggolly Dantas’ 13.47 and Italo Ferreira’s 13.37.

Julian Wilson confidently took on Taj Burrow and Glen Hall with a win of 15.73 against Burrow’s 11.13 and Hall’s 10.50 in heat 2.

Heat 3 saw the first tie of the Quik Pro between Mick Fanning and Adriano de Souza both scoring 16.50 and Bede Durbidge close behind with 14.50.

The final heat of round 4 saw Filipe Toledo with a strong performance of a 9.23 wave and a total of 17.83 beating Jordy Smith’s 16.57 and Matt Wilkinson’s 12.23.

Round 5

Heat 1 kicked off with rookie Wiggolly Dantas showing his determination with a strong score of 17.34 easily defeating Glen Hall with 13.33.

Wiggolly Dantas

Taj Burrow and Italo Ferreira battled out heat 2 with Burrow’s narrowly taking the heat with only a 0.23 win of 15.73 against Ferreira’s 15.50.

Matt Wilkinson was selective in his wave choice in heat 3 with a 16.07 score and Adriano de Souza taking the win with 16.94.

The final heat of the day saw Bede Durbidge stay on form with a high score of 9.50 and total of 15.83 taking him through to the quarter finals and leaving Jordy Smith behind on 11.83.

Bede Durbidge

After 11 consecutive lay days, Round 2 finally got underway in two to three foot conditions with Mick Fanning against Dane Reynolds in Heat 1. Mick Fanning utilised the knowledge of his home break with the highest score of the heat with a 8.50. In fairly slow conditions, Fanning kept busy and took the heat with 15.50 against Reynolds’ 9.43..

Dane Reynolds

Kelly Slater hadn’t been in a round 2 heat since 2007 and took on trials winner local Jack Freestone. Freestone struggled to find his flow losing a heat and Slater utilised his priority winning the heat 13.33 against Freestone’s 10.63.

Kelly Slater

Heat 3 saw wildcard Irishman Glenn ‘Micro’ Hall take on Tahitian Michel Bourez and made it through to round 3 with a win of 12.77 against 11.67, making it through the first upset of the day.

Adriano De Souza

A clash between veterans Adriano de Souza against wildcard CJ Hobgood in heat 4. Hobgood switched to a more buoyant board halfway through the heat but de Souza still took the heat with 13.83 against Hobgood’s 11.00.

After a few hours break, heat 5 resumed with Taj Burrow kicking off with an 8.00 ride against New Zealand rookie Ricardo Christie. Burrow’s 15.17 score beat Christie’s 9.84 who couldn’t find the waves in the slow conditions.

Ricardo Christie

Heat 6 saw some more swell on offer but with unpredictable bigger waves rolling through. The heat saw a close heat with Josh Kerr winning the heat with 12.74 in front of his home crowd against Brett Simpson’s 10.40.

Jeremy Flores and Kolohe Andino took advantage of the increased energy in the waves and went head to head heat with less than a point separating the competitors with Andino moving through to round 3 with 15.83 against Flores’ 15.53.

Jeremy Flores

Heat 7 kicked off with Owen Wright’s first wave scoring a 8.93, one of the best of the day. Asing struggled to find a high scoring wave and lost the heat with 12.33 to Wright’s 16.60.

Adrian Buchan took on another rookie and fellow goofy footer, Italo Ferreira. Buchan was selective in his wave choice and just missed out on going through to round 3 with rookie Ferreira taking the win over 11.67 to Buchan’s 11.10, the second upset for round 2.

Filipe Toledo showed his dynamic style and power in heat 10 to beat Adam Melling who scored a 13.10 against Toledo’s 16.47.

Adam Melling

Rookie Wiggolly Dantas took to the water against Kai Otton and after being in combo Wiggolly broke out with a 14.16 just beating Otton’s 13.93 to go through to round 3.

Miguel Pupo and Jadson Andre started heat 12 at sunset with Pupo scoring a 7.00 on his first wave. Andre struggled to find the right positioning and couldn’t match Pupo’s 14.10 with a 10.00.

Wiggolly Dantas

Wiggolly Dantas is not your typical Brazilian surfer. He loves big waves, he surfs with a powerful rail game and is part of the Da hui family. 2015 marks Wiggolly’s maiden year on tour and instead of rolling with the Brazilian pack, he chooses to pave his own path. Standing side by side with best friend Jeremy Flores, he won’t settle for less than a top 10 finish. Come meet the rookie with the coolest name in surfing.


I starting surfing around 3 years old. My older brother started pushing me into waves at our local break. My mum owned a shop right on the beach that sold coconuts, drinks and food so we spent our lives on the beach. I would watch my brother and sister surf all day from the shore and I would try to grab my brother’s board and go surfing any time he wasn’t using it.

I started surfing competitions when I was 6 years old. My first contest ever, there was only one heat and it was actually the final. I rode one of my sister’s boards and got 3rd. I remember being so happy and thinking, ‘This is the life I want to have. I want to be a professional surfer.’ I started reading magazines and watching movies and just telling myself, “You’re going to be a pro surfer. You’re going to be a pro surfer.”


My dad saw how much I loved surfing and he gave me my first surfboard. His dream was always to have one of his children be a professional surfer. Now that I have qualified for the world tour he is so happy and so proud.

Everything I’ve ever done my family has supported me and helped me. My family are really close and we help each other out as much as possible. All of us surf and we are all goofy footers. My younger brother is 16 and surfs so much better than I did at that age. Last time I was at home I saw him land 2 airs on one wave. He is just about to start surfing on the WQS. He is going to be amazing.


I grinded it out on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) for 7 years and almost made it on the World Tour 3 or 4 times. The year before last I almost quit. I didn't want to compete anymore. I was burnt out. On the WQS you compete so much that you get tired of surfing. It's too much. I wasn’t having fun anymore. I just wanted to travel and surf big waves and get barreled. I decided to give it one last shot. I chose to surf only in the competitions that I wanted to surf in and did some surf trips for fun as well. I went to Tahiti and Fiji for 10 days each and just got barreling, perfect waves. I think that played a big part in me qualifying for the World Tour. You need that balance in surfing.


I love surfing big waves. I love the challenge. I love pushing myself. It makes me feel alive. Last year I saw a swell was going to hit Jaws and I raced there as fast as I could. I got big, crazy waves and a couple good ones. I spent a lot of time in Hawaii growing up. Soon as I see it’s big in Hawaii, I pack my boards and go. I’m up to my 9th season over there.

On my first trip I sat in the lineup at Pipe for 6 hours and did not catch one wave. I remember going home so bummed and the boys back at the house were just laughing at me. I didn’t give up though, I just kept trying to get waves out there and in the last few years I have started to get some good ones. With Hawaii you have to respect the locals. Hawaii is my second home and now when I go there I stay with the Rothman Family. They have helped me a lot.


Jeremy is like a brother to me. I’ve known him since I was 8 years old. I remember the first time I went to France to stay with him I didn't have a wetsuit and Jeremy was telling me, ‘The water is freezing. You need a wetsuit.’ I didn't speak any English at the time so I was just looking at him with no idea what he was saying. He went into his room and grabbed me a new wetsuit and gave it to me. Ever since then we have just cruised together. He is like family to me.

It's so special to me that finally we are surfing together on the World Tour. It almost didn’t happen though...I spoke to him at the end of last year and he was stressed out about not qualifying and I looked at him and said, ‘You better qualify...you can do it. You’re surfing so good. You deserve to be on there. You’re one of the best 34 Surfers in the world for sure.’ I knew he could do it.


This year my goal is to surf good every single contest. I know it’s going to be hard and I'm prepared for that. At the end of the year I want to finish in the top 10. I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I know I need to surf more on my rail and surf better in long point breaks.

I can’t wait to surf the big waves like Teahupo’o and Fiji. But if I could win one event this year I would want to win the Pipe Masters. I would love to beat Kelly in the final. Haha. The world tour is amazing because you surf in the best waves against the best surfers. Everyone on the tour is the best surfer in the world so you have to surf as good as you can. You only have 12 chances in the year to win. A lot of people don’t know me and I want to show them I can surf. I can surf good in big waves as well as small waves. I want to show the world I am one of the best surfers in the world and make my family proud.

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