The 2013 Hurley Pro kicked off today in small but clean waves at Lower Trestles, completing Round One and the opening four heats of Round Two before day’s end.
Julian Wilson led the day’s proceedings with a hard-fought Round One win, featuring a flurry of high-scoring exchanges from fellow competitors Miguel Pupo and John John Florence. Julian was deadly on both the lefts and rights, unloading an impressive repertoire of airs and turns to secure an excellent 17.40 out of 20 total and a Round Three berth.
Wilson has been building momentum throughout the 2013 season, earning Quarterfinals berths in the last two events. Following his standout performance in Round One at the Hurley Pro at Trestles, the Australian hopes to carry his success into the back half of the season.
Jordy Smith, current ASP WCT No. 4, dominated his Round One bout from start to finish, besting dangerous goofy-footer Matt Wilkinson and wildcard Mitch Crews with a seamless combination of power and progression on the Lowers set waves.
Mick Fanning took out a last-second heat win, besting local standout Kolohe Andino and local wildcard Ian Crane for a series of ferocious forehand turns.
While both Kelly Slater and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson would fail to advance out of Round One, both would rebound in their Round Two 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.
“That was really slow and it was too bad I had to draw Dane in Round Two,” 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 Two Hurley Pro at Trestles victory was a crucial result towards a potential 12th ASP World Title.
Parkinson would rebound from his Round One loss in fantastic fashion, dominating the Lowers righthanders with polished carves to post a 16.13 heat total, advancing to Round Three 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 Two here so I’m happy to get a couple of good waves out there.”
Adriano de Souza would punctuate an exciting day of competition, belting both the day’s high single-wave score of 9.73 and the high heat-total of 18.83 for searing forehand turns on a steep Lowers walls, ousting wildcard Mitch Crews.
“This event is really important to me and last year I got third,” De Souza said. “That first round was a bummer and I knew in that round Mitch Crews would be hard to beat and I put everything in to it and got good scores. The last two or three events I’ve been out of rhythm, so I'm hoping for a good result here.”
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.thehurleypro.com
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)