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Courtney Conlogue © ASP/Rowland
Courtney Conlogue © ASP/Rowland

 

 

ASP Hurley Pro and Swatch Women's Pro

ASP Men's and Women's WCT 
Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California
9 - 20 September, 2014

Courtney Conlogue returns to competition after ankle injury 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 September, 2014 - The world's best surfers have arrived at Southern California’s Lower Trestles from around the globe to contest for the 2014 ASP World Title at the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles. The events get underway tomorrow and hold a waiting period from September 9 - 20, 2014. A selection of ASP World Tour standouts gathered today for a press session in advance of the start of competition.

Athletes in attendance:
 
Gabriel Medina (BRA) – current ASP World No. 1
Taj Burrow (AUS) – defending Hurley Pro Champion
Kolohe Andino (USA) – current ASP World No. 8 and San Clemente local
Jordy Smith (ZAF) – current ASP World No. 14 and 2013 Hurley Pro 3rd place finisher
Carissa Moore (HAW) – reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP World No. 1
Tyler Wright (AUS) – current ASP Women’s World No. 3
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) – current ASP Women’s World No. 4
Courtney Conlogue (USA) – current ASP Women’s World No. 10 and Santa Ana local

“I feel really good and confident and I just want to perform and get a good result here,” said Gabriel Medina. “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.” 

“Everyone surfs their best here at Trestles,” said Taj Burrow. “To get ahead here you really have to pick the best waves and unleash at the right time. When someone’s pushing you in a heat you really have to bring out those head-turning maneuvers. There’s a good battle at the top of the rankings. Gabriel (Medina) seems invincible at the moment and he’s definitely the one to beat.”

“I’m definitely feeling some pressure to do well here,” said Kolohe Andino. “But sometimes pressure is good because it makes you try harder. Trestles is a really soft wave, which makes the equipment you choose really important. I’ve been focusing on all the other waves on Tour so it’s going to be a challenge for me to come back and surf well here at my home break.”

“It’s been a roller coaster year for me,” said Jordy Smith. “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 going to be 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.”

“Lower Trestles is one of my favorite waves in the world, if not my favorite,” said Carissa Moore. “It really gives you the opportunity to let loose and get creative. There’s a really tight Title Race this year. With four events left and we’re starting from scratch because there’s such a level playing field. I’m really starting to put pressure on myself to defend my Title, I can feel it creeping up.”

“I think this event will be fantastic for the Women’s Tour,” said Tyler Wright. “It’s a great opportunity for some really progressive maneuvers. It’s a skate park and an open canvas to really go to work on and be creative.”

“Lower Trestles is all about progression and innovation,” said Stephanie Gilmore. “I think the girls will really impress everyone at this event with how well they’re surfing and far we’ve come in the past two years. I don’t have as much experience here as the Hawaiians or Americans but Trestles is the perfect place to try risky maneuvers.” 

“I’m so stoked to be back,” said Courtney Conlogue. “Missing three events has really reminded me of my love and passion for the sport. I’m in my backyard here at Lower Trestles and I can’t wait to go up against some of the top seeds in my heats. This wave will really show everyone’s personalities and we’ll see some really innovative surfing, I can’t wait.”

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 honor 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.  

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

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