- 18 September 2012 | Surfing
Nail biting wave exchanges decided who will dispute the Round 3 of the 2012 Hurley Pro, at Lower Trestles.
The jewel peak of San Clemente delivered heavenly touched, glassy three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves for another impressive day of professional surfing.
John John Florence, Jeremy Flores, Julian Wilson, Heitor Alves, Adam Melling, Travis Logie, Alejo Muniz and Kai Otton have reasons to smile, as they defeated their opponents by less than one point.
"I've been feeling so lost since I've been here," Flores said. "I've been trying six or seven different boards because I usually ride a 5'11″ and I've been trying to ride a 5'9."
"It's good in some waves and in others it's not as powerful and in my first heat I felt like I was doing little kid turns. I hate that. I want to be able to push my turns as hard as I could. Last night I had a fun surf and in this heat I was finally feeling better", the European charger added.
Brett Simpson was electric in his Round 2 bout against veteran campaigner Kieren Perrow and aggressively attacked the righthanders at Lowers to secure a commanding victory and advance through to Round 3.
"I was stoked," Simpson said. "I like a lot of waves and I like to get my feet in the wax. KP (Kieren Perrow) is a great competitor, a great surfer and he did what I expected, which was to wait for good ones".
"I took my chances on some smaller ones and the judges rewarded me and I'm glad. I just threw out that bad heat yesterday and I was able to find those little ones that I could link a few turns in on".
Heitor Alves, who surfed less than he would've wanted, launched an incredible rodeo flip on a righthand ramp to collect a 9.00 for the ride and secure a Round 3 ticket.
"I just prayed for one wave," Alves said. "I just tried my best and I got a 9, it's so funny. I was nervous because with five minutes left, I was thinking I needed the best wave. I try that maneuver a lot on trips, and I've never tried it in a heat before".
"I knew I had to do something special and I landed it. I'm really glad I won the heat.”
Alves will take on Adrian Buchan (AUS), 29, when competition resumes".
Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.83 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.73
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 14.37 def. Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.93
Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) 12.16 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.60
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.63 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.93
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (USA) 14.63 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.66 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.30
Heat 7: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.50 def. Kolohe Andino (BRA) 14.33
Heat 8: Adam Melling (AUS) 17.30 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 17.13
Heat 9: Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.77
Heat 10: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.83 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.70
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.30 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.90
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) 16.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 16.27