It's official: Hurley Pro announces forecast & draw
ASP World Tour event
Lower Trestles, San Clemente California
16 - 22 September 2012
Souza and Wright Eye Hurley Pro at Trestles, Round 1 Draw Released
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 September, 2012 : - - At the midway point on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles is positioned to significantly set the tone in the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title. Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles will run from September 16 – 22, 2012 and is forecast to receive a solid south swell next week for the world’s best to battle in.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, currently ranked No. 6 on the ASP WCT ratings, is well within the hunt for this year’s ASP World Title race and will look to consolidate his position at next week’s Hurley Pro at Trestles. “The race for the world title is very close this year,” De Souza said. “Mick (Fanning) made it much more difficult for everyone with his second win of the year last month in Tahiti, but a result at Trestles can put me back in the hunt so I am hoping for a good showing.”
A recent resident of Southern California, De Souza will hope to utilize his newfound experience at the break to his advantage.
“I have been living in California for three years now and Trestles is one of the spots I surf a lot,” De Souza said. “It’s great to have such a high-performance wave available to train at, but most of the guys on tour have a lot of experience there. Patrick Gudauskas is a local and Taylor (Knox) and Josh (Kerr) live close by. Everyone on tour has surfed the spot before and everyone is capable of getting a big result.”
A common theme amongst the world’s best is the importance of reliable equipment at a wave like Lower Trestles. De Souza has opted to incorporate boards from local shaper Matt Biolos in amongst his extensive quiver of Darren Handley crafts for this year’s event.
“I have been getting a couple of boards from Matt (Biolos) but DHD (Darren Handley) is my primary shaper,” De Souza said. “It’s good to have different equipment as it motivates me to get in the water more and try different boards. I have a bunch of good boards from Matt and Darren and am excited for the contest to start.”
De Souza will face Brett Simpson (USA), 27, and compatriot Jadson Andre (BRA), 22, in Round 1 of the Hurley Pro at Trestles.
Owen Wright, 22, current No. 7 on the ASP WCT ratings, was in a slightly different position last season when the Hurley Pro at Trestles culminated a three-Final run that saw him go toe-to-toe with the world’s best surfer. However, an Equal 3rd in last month’s Tahitian event could be a momentum builder for the progressive goofy-footer heading into the back half of the season.
“This years title race is very exciting and everything is still very close,” Wright said. “I think it will be determined in the next few events who will be contending for the title at the end of the season. This event normally tells you who will be in the running and who is in form. I think a good one to look out for is John John Florence – if he is still in the running by Pipeline, he will be deadly and hard to beat. For myself, I’m looking to find some similar form to last year around this time and I feel I’m starting to find it after Teahupo’o. I am looking forward to performing my best in the next leg of events.”
Wright finished Runner-Up to reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, at last year’s Hurley Pro at Trestles, and has put in off season sessions out at the venue to hone his instincts.
“I spent a lot of time surfing here during the US open and I feel that this has giving me some extra confidence at knowing which wave to pick,” Wright said. “This wave is such a perfect wave that everyone on the world tour should feel comfortable. I’m particularly interested in seeing how Kelly goes in this event.” Wright will take on Miguel Pupo (BRA), 20, and Yadin Nicol (AUS), 26, in Round 1 of competition.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Hurley Pro at Trestles, are calling for:
BRIEF OVERVIEW: Small, but very contestable waves will prevail for the first couple days of the waiting period. A larger and medium size South swell is on track for Wednesday and Thursday the 19th-20th, with smaller surf looking likely to close out the event waiting period.
Sunday and Monday the 16th-17th, will start off in small, but very contestable, Southern Hemisphere South and SSW swell that will be down a bit from Fri/Sat. Waist-shoulder high surf will show at Lowers.
Going further out, what will likely be the best swell of the waiting period will show during the middle of next week and is being set up right now by a developing storm roughly 5000 miles due south of Southern California. If this storm behaves as forecast in the next 3-4 days, new long period south swell forerunners will build in through the afternoon on Tuesday the 18th, with a likely peak in swell on Wednesday the 19th and easing swell on Thursday the 20th. Fun size leftovers would then take over by Friday.
For the end of the waiting period, the 22nd-23rd, a small SW swell from a developing storm now near New Zealand is on track to provide contestable waves. If this storm behaves as forecast, shoulder high surf will show at Lowers for the last couple days of the event waiting period. Stay tuned.
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HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Evan Geiselman (USA)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Heitor Alves (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
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Source: Hurley / ASP
Author: Evan Slater / Dave Prodan
Tags: Hurley Pro, Lowers, Trestles, ASP World Tour