Hurley Pro Trestles Preview. Video: SurfChannel
LOWER TRESTLES, San Clemente, CA (Sunday, September 15, 2013) - The 2013 Hurley Pro at Trestles kicked off competition today in clean two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Lower Trestles, completing Round 1 and the opening four heats of Round 2 before day’s end.
Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Hurley Pro at Trestles brings the world’s best surfers to one of the planet’s most high-performance venues for a week of barrier-breaking surfing and dramatic competition.
Jordy Smith. Photo: ASP / Rowland
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, current ASP WCT No. 4, dominated his Round 1 bout from start to finish, besting dangerous goofy-footer Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 25, and wildcard Mitch Crews (AUS), 23, with a seamless combination of power and progression on the Lowers set waves.
“Mitch (Crews) and Wilko (Matt Wilkinson) can pull off anything at anytime and I had the curse of the 7s, but I had a fun surf,” Smith said. “I was pretty bummed because my leash plug pulled out on this little left, but luckily my board didn’t go all the way to shore. I lucked in to a couple of sets though and I had a good time. It doesn’t look like we have a ton of waves coming our way, but what we have today is really fun and contestable.”
Brett Simpson (USA), 28, current ASP WCT No. 22, kicked off his Hurley Pro at Trestles campaign with a big upset, relegating 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, and wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA), 28, to Round 2 with deadly backhand combinations on lefts at Lowers while advancing to Round 3.
Kelly Slater. Photo: ASP / Rowland
“I’m stoked, it was a gnarly heat but I was just trying to do my own thing because Kelly (Slater) and Dane (Reynolds) were going to do what they do,” Simpson said. “I was just excited for that heat and I knew that was a heat I could win because I surf a lot more freely when maybe it’s a heat I’m not supposed to win. I just focused on myself and with all my family down here, it’s a big win. Anytime you beat Slater, whether it’s man-on-man or three-man, it’s a big win.”
While both Kelly Slater and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, would fail to advance out of Round 1, both would rebound in their Round 2 afternoon match ups.
Slater, defending Hurley Pro at Trestles champion, would take on progressive wizard Dane Reynolds in their Round 2 affair and would get the best of the Californian in a wave-starved heat.
Dane Reynolds. Photo: ASP
“That was really slow and it was too bad I had to draw Dane in Round 2,” Slater said. “Unfortunately he just didn’t get the waves and didn’t get going. I was pretty confident that I’d have to surf against him being a low seed, but it’s just unfortunate that it was a slow heat.”
Slater, current ASP World No. 1, admitted that his Round 2 Hurley Pro at Trestles victory was a crucial result towards a potential 12th ASP World Title.
“There was definitely a bit of pressure in that heat because Mick (Fanning) has good results and Joel (Parkinson) has a few bad results,” Slater said. “I also don’t have anything to throw away and Mick has all keepers. Also, Jordy (Smith) is every bit in this race so it was important to me to get out of that one.”
Adriano de Souza. Photo: ASP
Parkinson would rebound from his Round 1 loss in fantastic fashion, dominating the Lowers righthanders with polished carves to post a 16.13 heat total, advancing to Round 3 over event wildcard Ian Crane.
“This event always seems to be a bit of a momentum builder going in to the back half of the year,” Parkinson said. “The guys that go on to make finals here always seem to do well. You definitely don’t want to lose in Round 2 here so I’m happy to get a couple of good waves out there.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am local time for a possible 8am start to Hurley Pro at Trestles competition. The Hurley Pro at Trestles holds a waiting period from September 15 – 21, 2013 and is webcast LIVE via www.hurley.com/hurleypro
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 14.20, Fred Patacchia (HAW) 8.87, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.84
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.54, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.03, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.17
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.77, Mitch Crews (AUS) 10.50, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.23
Heat 4: Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.26, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.70, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.67
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.00, Ian Crane (USA) 9.33
Heat 6: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.60, Kelly Slater (USA) 14.73, Dane Reynolds (USA) 6.93
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.94, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.70, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.03
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.63, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.17, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.03
Heat 9: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.07, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.67, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 8.60
Heat 10: Adam Melling (AUS) 13.30, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.96, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.23
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.40, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.50, John John Florence (HAW) 12.97
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.36, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.50, Kai Otton (AUS) 11.57
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.67 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.00
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.13 def. Ian Crane (USA) 12.74
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.40 def. Nathan Yeomans (USA) 10.17
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.83 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.90
REMAINING HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 2 MATCH UPS:
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 10: Fred Patacchia (HAW) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)