Hurley Pro: Our Picks For The Prize
The Hurley Pro will take over Southern California’s Lower Trestles this week. With all the big-name surfers we’ve seen competing in the warmer water events, Trestles will be a whole different ball game – no grinding 10 footers at Teahupo’o.
The big question is, who is going to take out Stop #8 of the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour? We’ve put together some of our favourite surfers for the event title contention. It’s a mixed bag with some obvious big names and others you wouldn’t have guessed.
Growing up with one of the best right-handers in the world in his backyard, Mick Fanning knows how to read a line-up correctly. Though Trestles may not have the power or long barrels that the Superbank is well known for, the open walls will provide great opportunity for Fanning to draw those long lines and controlled, powerful turns and hacks. Fanning desperately wants to win the World Title and Trestles may be the event that helps him move up from 5th on the ladder.
Kolohe Andino continues to prove that he wants to take surfing to the next level. From huge airs to controlled tube rides and aggressive manoeuvres, Kolohe has his surfing game on point. It’ll be exciting to see what he does in the Trestles line-up to distinguish himself from other competitors. On home surf, the Californian is no doubt ready to show the world what he can do in his backyard!
Having just won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the young Brazilian is a favourite for the Hurley Pro. Medina proves strong in all conditions, whether it be 10 foot Teahupo’o or a 2 foot beach break. From aerials to playful on-the-face manoeuvres, Medina is a huge threat to the other competitors. A win at Trestles will push Gabriel one step closer to becoming the first Brazilian surfing World Champion, and we’re pretty sure he’s hungry for it.
Yep, Josh Kerr. He hasn’t had the best run this year, but don’t let that fool you. Josh prevails in all conditions and is known for his ability to make something out of nothing. An obvious strong aerial game, the Australian will be eager to prove to world how he can tear apart Trestles. Currently ranked at #11, a good result could significantly buff up his position on the ladder.
South African shredder, Jordy Smith is another favourite to take the event to the finish line. With plenty of cold water experience and those long right-handers at Jeffreys Bay, Jordy has a strong advantage over some of his warm water rivals. It was obvious at this year’s Billabong Pro at J-Bay that Jordy is capable of anything and everything. Standing at 6 foot 2, bigger surf would help Smith showcase his true raw power.
Wilson has been taking the surfing world by storm since a young age. Known for his technical surfing skills and trademarks, Wilson will no doubt throw out a bag of goodies at this year’s event. He is also one of Hurley’s top team riders, so chances are he’ll be looking to impress his boss.
Competitor rivalry aside, Trestles is one of the most amazing events on Tour. It may not have the perfect crystal clear waters of Fiji or Tahiti, but the wave itself proves a challenge,not to mention the raw competitiveness that the American’s bring.
Be sure to keep up to date with all the news from the Hurley Pro here on the blog! With the recent fun run of waves over in California, let’s hope for some epic days during the competition! Stay tuned…