Phenomenal Day 2 Battles At Hurley Pro Lower Trestles

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The Day 2 action at Trestles was fierce today with heated battles between the best of aerial surfing and innovative maneuvers. The rippable wave at Lowers showcased the talent of the ASP World Tour surfers, in three-to-four foot surf with exciting match-ups in Round 2 of the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2012.
 
 
Have you ever seen an empty Lowers A-frame? Hurley Pro competitors sure are lucky.

Have you ever seen an empty Lowers A-frame? Hurley Pro competitors sure are lucky. Photo: Hurley Pro

 
 
Australian competitor, Adam Melling, put on an incredible show for the crowd as he planted the highest single-wave score of the entire event with a 9.70 out of 10 against Damien Hobgood (USA).  
 
“I thought there were going to be waves in that heat but there was so much waiting and trying to scrap into those little ones,” Melling said. “I knew I had to turn it on against Damien (Hobgood). I’m just so glad that wave came through in that last 10 seconds.” In order to maintain his spot on the ASP Top 34 in 2013, Melling needs a good result in this event.  
 
 
Adam Melling sprays for some big points in Round 2 of the Hurley Pro at Trestles. Photo: Hurley Pro

Adam Melling (AUD) sprays for some big points in Round at Trestles. Photo: Hurley Pro

 
 
 
“I have to turn it on,” Melling said. “Every heat is different and I’m here just surfing every wave; I want to have fun out there, because it’s such a rippable wave.”   
 
 

 

 
 
Jeremy Flores (FRA) took out Patrick Gudauskas (USA) in a close heat with scores of 17.30 and 16.93.  
 
“Pat (Gudauskas) is an amazing air surfer and I was expecting him to do crazy airs,” Flores said. “I didn’t want to fall into that game, because I’m not really an air guy. I wanted to show a difference in my carving turns and mix it up a bit. I know the first guy I saw doing that under-the-lip turn was Andy (Irons). It’s just this one turn that I can do and I just stick to a few of my tricks whenever I need to do them or need a score.” 
 
Local to Lowers, Pat Gudauskas (USA) in round 2. Photo: ASP/Rowland

Local to Lowers, Pat Gudauskas (USA) in round 2. Photo: ASP/Rowland

San Clemente local, Pat Gudauskas (USA), had tons of support on the sand - especially with moves like this. Photo: Hurley Pro

San Clemente local, Pat Gudauskas (USA), had tons of support on the sand – especially with moves like this. Photo: Hurley Pro

 
 
Flores explained his struggles with choosing the right equipment for the event: “I’ve been feeling so lost since I’ve been here,” Flores said. “I’ve been trying six or seven different boards because I usually ride a 5’11″ and I’ve been trying to ride a 5’9”.  It’s good in some waves and in others it’s not as powerful and in my first heat I felt like I was doing little kid turns. I hate that. I want to be able to push my turns as hard as I could.”
 
The French surfer, Jeremy Flores, moves on to Round 3. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The French surfer, Jeremy Flores, moves on to Round 3. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

  
Heitor Alves (BRA) was undoubtedly one of the biggest standouts of the day as the live webcast replayed his incredible rodeo flip on a righthand ramp over and over.  Alves collected a 9.00 for the insane maneuver and ended up ousting young local talent, Kolohe Andino (USA).
 
Kolohe Andino (USA) right at home after injury and boosting higher than ever before. Photo: ASP/Rowland

Kolohe Andino (USA) right at home after injury and boosting higher than ever before. Photo: ASP/Rowland

 
 
The shocker against the San Clemente local was one of the heaviest moments of the day, as the 30-year-old Brazilian sent 18-year-old Andino packing after one of Andino’s most impressive heats on the World Tour thus far. Comfortable at his home break and looking very strong after his return form injury, the one wave was unmatched. Andino, shocked by the turn-around, was on fire throughout his heat with multiple aerials on single waves, still unable to outshine the 9-point maneuver by Rio de Janeiro’s Heitor Alves – one of the most innovative tricks seen in Hurley Pro competition. 
 
The insane rodeo flip secured Heitor Alves (BRA) with a 9.0, and a huge upset for Andino. Photo: ASP/Rowland

This insane rodeo flip, only the third pulled off in ASP competition, secured Heitor Alves (BRA) with a 9.0 score, and a huge upset for Andino. Photo: ASP/Rowland

 
 
 “I just prayed for one wave,” Alves said. “I was nervous with five minutes left, and I was thinking I needed the best wave. I have tried that maneuver a lot on trips, but I’ve never tried it in a heat before. I knew I had to do something special, and I landed it… I got a 9. I’m really glad I won the heat.” 
 
 
Parko (AUS) going absolutely HUGE. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Parko (AUS) going absolutely HUGE. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

 
 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) took out Hurley Pro Wildcard, Conner Coffin (USA) as he stepped up his game in Round 2 of the event.
 
“Surfing in that first heat of the day can be difficult, because you don’t really know what’s going to be happening with the judging,” Parkinson said. “You feel like a guinea pig heat and you’ve got to get out there and just start it. Whether it’s a 5 or a 9, you have to just take it. It was clean and offshore and I knew Conner (Coffin) has a really nice carve and I was thinking I’d match that. There were lots of waves early this morning and once the heat started it was pretty slow so I was glad I got that one 9.”  
 
The Monday line-up at Lowers. Photo: Hurley Pro

The Monday line-up at Lowers. Photo: Hurley Pro

 
 
Parkinson explained his runner-up finish in Tahiti last month against number one ranked surfer, Mick Fanning (AUS): “Tahiti was maybe a blessing in disguise,” Parkinson said. “I was cut deep losing and I had one stupid mistake, and I feel like there’s a win around the corner. Hopefully it’s here.”
 
Brett Simpson (USA) secured his spot in Round 3 today after beating Australia’s Kieren Perrow.  
 
“I was stoked,” Simpson said. “I like a lot of waves and I like to get my feet in the wax. KP (Kieren Perrow) is a great competitor, a great surfer and he did what I expected, which was to wait for good ones. I took my chances on some smaller ones and the judges rewarded me and I’m glad. I just threw out that bad heat yesterday and I was able to find those little ones that I could link a few turns in on.”  
 
Brett Simpson (USA) is a Huntington local, a quick drive to score at Trestles. Photo: Hurley Pro

Brett Simpson (USA) is a Huntington local, a quick drive to score at Trestles. Photo: Hurley Pro

 
 
Check out Brett Simpson in Round 3 as he takes on South African, Jordy Smith.     
 
John John Florence (HAW) took out the remaining Hurley Pro wildcard, Evan Geiselman (USA), after a long right and a lofty air reverse on a left.  
 
John John Florence (HAW) packing heat on California's iconic wave. Photo: Hurley Pro

John John Florence (HAW) packing heat on California’s iconic wave. Photo: Hurley Pro

Wildcard Evan Geiselman (USA) put the pressure on John John Florence (HAW), yet the Hawaiian was able to secure his chances of making the finals. Photo: Hurley Pro

Wildcard Evan Geiselman (USA) put the pressure on John John Florence (HAW), yet the Hawaiian was able to secure his chances of making the finals. Photo: Hurley Pro

 
 
“I just go out there and try and get fun waves,” Florence said. “It’s a weird swell direction. I don’t think I’ve ever surfed it like this. When sets do come there are some fun ones, but a lot of the waves are too peaky. I’m just going to try and have fun. I think I took my heat too seriously yesterday. I couldn’t find a rhythm and coming up against Evan (Geiselman) was really scary. He’s such a good surfer and he could easily get a 9. It was fun to surf with him. We haven’t surfed against each other since we were little.”
 

John John Florence (HAW) took out the wildcard and is moving on in the Hurley Pro 2012 at Trestles. Photo: Surf Channel/Emily Bates

    
 

When competition resumes, up first will be reigning 11-time ASP World Champion and defending Hurley Pro at Trestles winner, Kelly Slater (USA), 40, up against Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 23, in the opening heat of Round 3.

 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

 

Watch LIVE at www.hurley.com/hurleypro

 

Sun sets on Lower Trestles to close Day 2 of Hurley Pro action. Photo: Surf Channel/Emily Bates

 

 

HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.83 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.73
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 14.37 def. Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.93
Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) 12.16 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.60
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.63 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.93
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (USA) 14.63 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.66 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.30
Heat 7: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.50 def. Kolohe Andino (BRA) 14.33
Heat 8: Adam Melling (AUS) 17.30 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 17.13
Heat 9: Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.77
Heat 10: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.83 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.70
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.30 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.90
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) 16.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 16.27

  

HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: 
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 5: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)

 
 



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As a college graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Emily enters the world with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a passion for surfing, cultural diversity and serving others.


 
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