- 18 September 2014 | Surfing
The quarterfinalists of the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014 have been decided. John John Florence delivered a fantastic spectacle of contemporary surfing.
The Hawaiian, 21, pocketed a near-perfect two wave total of 19.73 in the Round 4 heat against Adriano de Souza and Kelly Slater, with a set of 180-degree carves, and flawless aerials.
"I'm really grateful for the chance to skip a round because it's hard work out there. The waves are solid here this year, and it's exhausting. I was pretty focused in that heat. I was fortunate enough to be on some really well-shaped waves that allowed me to open up and perform," expressed John John Florence.
Slater recomposed himself and narrowly defeated Taj Burrow in Round 5, with a last-second wave under Australian's priority. The world title race will count on him.
"I'm pretty tired after surfing three heats, but I did everything I could and took my chance at the end. We'll wait to see how this event goes, but that was a world title heat for me," said Slater.
"If I'd loss that I think I would have been out of the race. I need to stay even with Gabriel, I need to win. That was a close one and some luck went my way at the end."
Gabriel Medina managed to keep his hopes alive with a victorious rematch against Carlos Munoz, the event surprise from Costa Rica. An air reverse and multiple wave face maneuvers put him in Round 4, and later in the quarterfinals, after defeating Miguel Pupo and Jordy Smith.
"The waves are great, the waves are really fun out there. I knew it was going to be a tough heat against Jordy and Miguel because they've both been surfing really well out here. After my Round 3 win I felt better and more confident, and I wasn't feeling the same pressure," concluded Medina.
Mick Fanning, Adriano De Souza, Adrian Buchan, Jordy Smith and Joel Parkinson complete the quarterfinal roster.
Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014 | Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Adriano De Souza (BRA)
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)