VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Hurley Pro Trestles - Days 4 & 5
ASP World Tour event
Lower Trestles, San Clemente California
16 - 22 September 2012
Videos & Slideshows Days 4 & 5 action
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 September, 2012 : - - The Hurley Pro at Trestles culminated in exciting fashion with the world’s best going blow-for-blow in pristine. Slater got off to a quick start in the Final bout against Parkinson, surfing smaller inside waves impeccably and moving from strength-to-strength throughout the heat. Slater’s juggernaut momentum and searing performance proved too much for Parkinson as he took his sixth event title, his third consecutive.
Slater, now sits 3rd on the ASP WCT ratings, views today’s victory as a turning point in the 2012 season and looks to carry his recent momentum throughout the upcoming European leg of competition.
Joel Parkinson was dominant throughout the entirety of the Hurley Pro, consistently posting high scores in every round. He was unable to find the usual set-waves he scouted in previous rounds and finished runner-up against Slater, maintaining his position as No. 2 on the ASP WCT ratings.
Mick Fanning a standout throughout the entirety of the event, was unable to find a rhythm in his Semifinals bout against Slater,and exited the Hurley Pro at Trestles with an equal 3rd finish. Fanning after his victory in Tahiti, knew advancing over Slater would have strengthened his lead on the ASP World Title, but added an equal 3rd place result is a strong addition to his 2012 campaign.
Adriano de Souza led the South American contingent, eliminating fellow countryman and event standout Gabriel Medina in Round 5 and John John Florence in their Quarterfinals bout, but was unable to surpass Parkinson’s rampage in the Semifinals.
HEITOR ALVES WINS THE TRUE INNOVATION AWARD
Heitor Alves, took this year's True Innovation Award winner. Heitor's Round 2 rodeo flip not only earned him a heat win over Kolohe Andino, but also a week's stay at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Watch his winning wave right here.
Day 4 action saw Joel Parkinson open his Round 3 campaign with the highest single-wave score of the Hurley Pro. He locked into a lengthy righthand wall, combining a seamless array of tail-drifting turns and carves for the near-perfect ride. Parkinson was equally impressive in his afternoon Round 4 heat win. he advanced directly to the Quarterfinals.
John John Florence got the best of a slow heat against tour rookie Yadin Nicol in Round 3 before claiming the day’s highest heat-total in his Round 4 win over Jordy Smith and Adriano de Souza advancing him directly to the Quarterfinals.
Adrian Buchan was deadly on his backhand today and unloaded powerful combinations to take an impressive 18.13 out of 20, in his win over Heitor Alves. Buchan continued to shine in his afternoon Round 4 heat, advancing to the Quarterfinals over Jeremy Flores, and current ASP WCT No. 1 Mick Fanning.
Kelly Slater immediately put his Round 3 opponent Matt Wilkinson on the ropes in the morning’s Round 3 heat, posting an 8-point-score on his opening ride and dominated throughout the heat’s entirety. Slater has a close relationship with the wave that has helped shape his career over the last two decades. Slater finished third in his non-elimination Round 4 heat and faced off against Jeremy Flores in Round 5 when competition resumed.
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Source: Hurley / ASP Media
Author: Evan Slater / Dave Prodan / Bobby Shadley
Tags: Hurley Pro, Lowers, Trestles, ASP World Tour