Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Bianca Buitendag represent SA
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 September, 2014 - South Africa’s Jordy Smith (Durban), Travis Logie (Durban) and Bianca Buitendag (George) are amongst the world's best surfers who have arrived at Southern California’s Lower Trestles to contest the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles which will be held during the waiting period from 9 – 20 September.
The events are Stops No. 8 and 7 respectively on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Men’s and Women’s World Championship Tours (WCT) which determine the annual ASP World Surfing Champions
“Trestles is a very consistent wave and for high-performance surfing there’s no better wave in the world, especially when conditions are good. It’s great to have a longer waiting period this year so we can take advantage of the best waves,” said ASP Commissioner, Kieren Perrow.
“In order to do well at Lower Trestles surfers will need to show a variety of manoeuvres and really push the boundaries and I can’t wait to see what the ASP Top 34 and Top 17 have in store. On the men’s side Gabriel Medina will be one to watch but, when the waves are big enough, Jordy Smith can be devastating. I’m really looking forward to having the women at the competition this year and I’m excited to watch Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright compete because of their power turns.”
“The forecast is looking great. It looks like we’re going to have some really fun waves for the first few days and there’s a promising outlook for the second week.”
“I feel really good and confident and I just want to perform and get a good result here,” said Gabriel Medina, the current ASP World No. 1. “The Brazilians are so passionate about all sports and I think we really need a Brazilian World Champion, especially in surfing. It’s going to be great for Brazil, it’s going to be great for surfing and it’s going to be great for me. I’m really excited.”
“It’s been a roller coaster year for me,” said Jordy Smith, the current ASP World No. 14 and 2013 Hurley Pro 3rd place finisher. “I feel like my surfing’s been really on point and I’ve had some of the best heats of my life, but this year’s just not been the year for me. My focus now is to get some results for the back end of the year and get in a great position for next year. Trestles is a wave that really suits me and I want to make the Final here and win it.”
Smith faces current ASP World No. 11 Josh Kerr (AUS) and 24th ranked Tiago Pires (PRT) in his Round 1 heat.
Travis Logie, who dropped to No. 31 on the rankings after a foot injury forced him to withdraw from his Round 2 heat in the last event in Tahiti, will be determined to repeat or better his 5th place finish in the 2013 Hurley Pro at Trestles where he defeated Joel Parkinson (AUS), Nat Young (USA) and reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) on his way to the quarterfinals.
Now living in Hollywood, California, Logie needs to climb into the Top 22 on the rankings in order to re-qualify for the 2015 ASP WCT. He will be up against defending Hurley Pro champion Taj Burrow and fellow Australian Adrian Buchan in his opening encounter when the contest gets underway.
“Lower Trestles is the event that I’m most excited for this year because it will smash the performance barriers for women’s contest surfing,” said Women’s Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “I’m looking to see progression, and I know that the girls have been practicing innovation. I've seen them doing it and I can’t wait to see them bring it to the competition.”
“Lower Trestles is one of my favourite waves in the world, if not the favourite,” said Carissa Moore, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP World No. 1. “It really gives you the opportunity to let loose and get creative. There’s a really tight Title Race this year and with four events left we’re starting from scratch because there’s such a level playing field.”
Bianca Buitendag goes into Trestles ranked No. 7 and comfortably inside the top 10 that re-qualify on the ASP Women’s WCT. The 2013 Rookie of the Year, who turns 21 on Thursday, will be looking to improve on her early exit in the last event at Huntington Beach and secure a spot in the top 5 of the rankings heading into the last three events of the year.
The ASP Heritage Series will recommence at the Hurley Pro at Trestles with a battle between historic rivals 1989 ASP World Champion Martin Potter and 1991 ASP World Runner-Up Brad Gerlach. The ASP Heritage Series, designed to honour the icons of the sport, was launched at the J-Bay Open this year where surfing legends Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo squared off in rifling six-to-eight foot Jeffreys Bay. Curren emerged victorious, securing a Perfect 10-point ride in the process. The Potter/Gerlach bout will take place during the event window.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles, have called for:
The first few days of the event waiting period will see a very fun, rippable mix of Southern Hemisphere SSW swells. For Tuesday and into Wednesday morning the 9th-10th, it will be primarily fading swell leftover from this weekend. By Wednesday afternoon we’ll see a new pulse of SSW swell slowly fill in that will be strongest later Thursday and Friday. A strong, long period and long lasting SW swell will build in for the 15th-18th, with slow easing surf for the final couple days of the event waiting period.
The Hurley Pro at Trestles and the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles will be held from Tuesday, September 9, until Saturday, September 20, 2014 and will be webcast LIVE.
Hurley Pro at Trestles Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Carlos Munoz (CRI)
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Johanne Defay (FRA)