Surfing - Start of Quiksilver Pro delayed

The start of the ASP World Tour 2013 season-opening Quiksilver Pro was delayed due to unfavourable surf conditions in Australia.

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Organisers were forced to call another lay day on the Gold Coast in Queensland with small waves and rainy conditions on offer.

Improved swell and better weather is forecast for Monday at Snapper Rocks.

"Small surf in the one-to-three foot range and heavy rains have prompted us to call a lay day for competition today," Rich Porta, ASP international head judge, said.

"We have plenty of swell forecast for the window so we’ll wait until we have improved conditions before commencing the event."

Defending world champion Joel Parkinson is one of many top names, including the likes of last year's Quiksilver Pro winner Taj Burrow, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning, who will surf once action commences.

Round one match-ups:

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Willian Cardoso (BRA)

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Dane Reynolds (USA)

Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Brent Dorrington (AUS)

Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Nat Young (USA)

Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Glenn Hall (IRL)

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