Hurley Pro 2013 Teaser. Video: Hurley
LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA (Monday, September 8, 2013) – The world’s best surfers are converging on the high-performance mecca of Lower Trestles this week for the upcoming Hurley Pro at Trestles, running from September 15 – 21, 2013.
Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Hurley Pro at Trestles is an annual highlight on the ASP Dream Tour with the cobblestone lefts and rights of Lower Trestles providing the ideal canvas for barrier-breaking performances from the world’s best surfers.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 3, has had a solid 2013, posting a win in Bali and a Runner-Up at home on the Gold Coast. However, with four events remaining this season, Parkinson will need to claim some major results throughout the California and European legs if he is to defend his maiden title.
“I’ve just got to channel what was working for me last season,” Parkinson said. “I had a great run though California and Europe last year and I’ve just got to recapture that consistency again. Looking at the ratings, I’ll probably need to win one of the next three events, if not two, if I’m going to be a chance to put myself in the world title mix again. However, I’ve felt great about my surfing this year.
CJ Hobgood, 34, enters the Hurley Pro at Trestles ranked No. 9 on the ASP WCT. Photo: ASP
Adrian Buchan (AUS), 30, current ASP WCT No. 10, is fresh off an emotional win in Tahiti over 11-time ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 1 Kelly Slater(USA), 41. While the victory was billed as a “shock” in the media, Buchan’s win at the treacherous South Pacific reef pass came as little surprise to his peers on tour.
“I think anytime there’s someone outside that established status quo of big multiple event winners there is an element of surprise and a bit more emotion in the victory,” Buchan said. “That’s probably a nod to just how good those guys are. I think this era is really going to go down as the strongest ever and deepest as far as talent goes.”
In addition to his ability in heavy barrels, Buchan’s lightning-fast rail game and powerful approach serve him well in high-performance walls like Lower Trestles.
Wildcard slot awarded to Dane Reynolds. Video: Hurley
When competition commences, up first will be Nat Young (USA), 22, up against Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 31, and Dusty Payne (HAW), 24, in the opening heat of Round 1.
The Hurley Pro at Trestles will run from September 15 – 21, 2013 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.thehurleypro.com/
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Nat Young (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF), Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Brett Simpson (USA), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS), Gabriel Medina (USA), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF), Kai Otton (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA)
* Draw subject to change pending withdrawals.