Mick Fanning: applying his brakes at Lowers | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The world's best surfers will ride Southern California's favorite wave between 9th-20th September. The 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles returns to San Clemente.

Surfers call it a "surf sanctuary." Trestles offers consistent, world-class waves at multiple breaks. The peak allows you to test and train your arsenal of tricks and maneuvers, from full roundhouse cutbacks to a wide variety of airs.

The contest site is located at Lowers, the most hollow of the area's breaks, although there are multiple high-quality options within walking distance - "Cottons," "Uppers," "Middles" and "Church" are some of the pristine examples.

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Jesse Mendes: a primal victory in the Azores | Photo: ASP

Jesse Mendes has conquered the SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2014, at Praia de Santa Barbara, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The Brazilian surfer defeated Joan Duru in the final heat of the Prime event held in two-to-three foot waves. The 35-minute heat saw Mendes and Duru fighting for precious points for the Qualifying Series rankings.

In the first exchange, Jesse Mendes secured a 7.50-point ride against Duru's 6.17 wave. Later, the Brazilian added a 7.03, and the French surfer answered with a frontside air. But Mendes would seal the deal with a clean wave in which he nailed two big turns for an excellent 8.33.

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Yadin Nicol: CT surfer with Prime status | Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot

Jesse Mendes, Ricardo Christie, Joan Duru and Yadin Nicol are in the semifinals of the SATA Azores Pro 2014.

The final four heats of the Round of 16 were completed before moving into the quarterfinals to decide the last four men standing.

Mendes, with a solid 8.00 point ride under the belt and less than five minutes on the clock, applied pressure on Leonardo Fioravanti, utilizing his priority advantage to keep him off the good sets, ultimately giving him the win and a spot in semifinal.

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