It's the first event of the year and Ace Buchan is off to a flyer of a start on the Gold Coast at the Quiksilver Pro. He has been the standout goofy foot of the event, taking down some of the biggest names including John John Florence and fellow Hurley team rider, Miguel Pupo, during an unfortunate heat draw in Round 5. The event is currently on hold, but rumors have been swirling of a possible start as soon as tomorrow (early afternoon, today, for PST) as a fresh south swell starts to move up the coast. Ace is matched up against one of the event favorites in Taj Burrow — should be a great heat. Make sure to tune in here later today. Go, Ace!
Photos: Mark Choiniere