2011 Hurley Pro: small is beautiful

The 2011 Hurley Pro kicked off the elimination Round 2 in perfect rippable two-to-four (1 metre) surf at Lower Trestles, California. The young generation of surfers showed up and took the top honours.

Jadson Andre built momentum against dangerous Hawaiian Dusty Payne, launching an 8.17 (out of 10), and shortly found another left and unloaded a powerful forehand carve and finished the wave with an inverted air-reverse to notch a 9.43 (out of 10).

“The last few years I’ve been working on my carves and the waves I learned how to surf on, the only thing you can do is big airs on the beach breaks,” Andre said. “It’s the first thing I learned how to do and I know how to do them well. When the wind’s onshore like that it’s way easier to do airs, I saw Gabriel (Medina) do the same.”

Andre, who is often praised for his aerial game, is equally well-rounded in his turns and the talented goofy-footer knows to keep an open mind in his heats when approaching the Lower Trestles lineup.

“In the morning, with the offshores, it’s not as easy to do the airs,” Andre said. “We’ll see what happens, you can’t just think about the airs, you have to think about what’s going to be the best turn to do at that time. Hopefully I can keep going.”

John John Florence, who is competing in his first event as an official member of the ASP Top 34, launched to action in Round 2. The Hawaiian prodigy tore through the right-handers on offer at Lowers this morning with a series stylish forehand gouges and fin-ditches to earn an excellent 17.53 (out of 20) heat-total to eliminate Alejo Muniz.

“I’m really excited,” Florence said. “Alejo (Muniz) is one of my good friends and I’m bummed for him, but I’m super stoked to make it. I was actually going to go left on that one wave because Alejo had priority and then he didn’t get into it so I got that good right. Hopefully I can make some heats, Lowers is such a fun wave.”

Gabriel Medina reveled in the lefthand ramps in his afternoon heat, consistently launching a series of frontside airs to dispatch of competitive veteran Travis Logie, to move through to Round 3.

“I had so much fun,” Medina said. “I was looking for some good waves in the beginning of the heat and was able to get two good ones. It was my second heat on the World Tour and I’m pretty stoked to make it. I’m just happy to be here at Trestles.”

Adrian Buchan was one veteran campaigner to dispatch of his young competitor today, getting the best of dangerous Hurley Pro at Trestles Wildcard Conner Coffin, in a close heat which came down to the wire.

“You always get those close ones when the heat goes on hold and that was a close one,” Buchan said. “Conner (Coffin) is a great surfer. It was just exciting to win a close heat. He’s put in a 15 plus heat total and that’s a great score and it’s got to give him a lot of confidence".

Damien Hobgood was another veteran goofy-footer to find success in Round 2, posting a solid 14.57 (out of 20) heat-total compliments of precise wave selection to eliminate Australian natural-footer Adam Melling.

“On the first wave I thought I was a little off,” Hobgood said. “You can get jittery and the surf is so weak that if you put your foot wrong you can mess up. After that I felt pretty good. I felt like I was on the better side of the sets and knew I wouldn’t compete with Melling on the fast runners. Knew I had to get the ones that were bigger, slower and a little wedgier, fortunate enough, it paid off.”

HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.27 def. Rob Machado (USA) 10.40
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.50 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 15.43
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.44 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 7.83
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.57 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 14.14
Heat 5: John Florence (HAW) 17.53 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.16
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.10 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.63
Heat 7: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.46 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.53
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) 11.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 10.60
Heat 9: Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.80 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.10
Heat 10: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.87 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.80
Heat 11: Chris Davidson (AUS) 10.70 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.50
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.13 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.90

UPCOMING HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. John Florence (HAW)
Heat 8: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (AUS)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)