As the Hurley Pro Trestles and Swatch Women’s Pro remain on standby until Tuesday the 16th, athletes continue to train at Lowers in San Clemente, California. Fans have enjoyed watching their favorite male and female competitors get in the water at the pristine break. Check out the freesurf action at Lowers.
While waiting for the event to reconvene, athletes have had the opportunity to enjoy southern California with friends and family members, as well as spend time with their dedicated fans. The Surf Channel caught up with New Zeland native Paige Hareb just before she paddled out to catch some waves with her dad.
“We’re having a great time in California, we like it here and we’re making the best out it,” Paige said.
Due to the small surf on tap, some found alternate plans for the abnormally hot weekend.
Rip Curl in San Clemente hosted an autograph session with their Pro Team, and treated the crowd to a great meal and prizes. Fans had a chance to get hats and posters signed by familiar faces like WCT number one ranked surfer, Gabriel Medina (BRA), and Vans US Open of Surfing recent female champ, Tyler Wright (AUS).
The Surf Channel caught up with Costa Rican Hurley Pro wildcard, Carlos Munoz, who won his round 1 heat over current WCT leader Gabriel Medina (BRA). Munoz scored his event entry thanks to the support of friends, family, and fans in Costa Rica.
The nation had been on cloud 9 after their soccer team made a historic appearance at the FIFA World Cup held in Brazil earlier this Summer. Upon finding out that Carlos Munoz had a chance to be the first Costa Rican ever to appear in a such coveted surfing event via the Hurley Pro video trials, they rallied behind him and sent in a whopping 15,000 votes which secured him the sought after spot.
“It has been incredible, it still feels like a dream to me, thanks to everyone here in California for the warm welcome and thanks to everyone in Costa Rica, wooo hooo,” said a thrilled Munoz. “My favorite thing here has been the waves, I love that mean right that comes out of Trestles, it’s hard, but I love it.”
The Surf Channel also spoke with Miguel Pupo (BRA) who will be facing Mitch Crews (AUS) in round 2.
“I am excited about the event and I am taking advantage of these days off to train hard and stay focused for when we come back,” said Pupo.
After a weekend off, here’s the highly anticipated match-up coming up:
Hurley Pro at Trestles Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)