Miguel Pupo: family first

The first waves of the 2011 Hurley Pro have been surfed in the two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the iconic pointbreak of Lower Trestles. The event’s top seeds dominated the first round of hostilities.

Julian Wilson took the highest heat-total of the day with 17.60 point (out of 20). “This is my first World Tour event at Trestles and I’ve been looking forward to this my whole life,” Wilson said.

“Those three-man heats, you want to get busy at the start because you can’t sit where you want to sit. You end up just scratching and that’s what happened in my heat. It’s a different strategy, kind of a dog fight, and you’ve got to make due with what you get.”

Michel Bourez opened up today with rail-to-rail power surfing and finished with a clean reverse on his opening ride at Lowers, earning an 8.50 (out of 10) for the effort and commanded the heat throughout its entirety.

“I feel great and my board works well,” Bourez said. “It felt like a long wait to get that win but it came through,” Bourez said. “I’ve been working a lot with my shaper over the last few years and it’s going well. In the last event I lost pretty quickly and I’m happy to get that first round win today.”

Jeremy Flores dominated the Lower Trestles right-handers, unloading a furious combination of tail-drifting turns and gouges to take a powerful Round 1 victory over dangerous new ASP World Tour addition John Florence and Brazilian Heitor Alves.

“I was so excited in my first event on tour, I was the same age as John John (Florence) and I’m sure he’ll beat me a few times out here for sure,” Flores said. “That 8 was my first wave in the heat and it was kind of fun. There was a little wind on the wave and I could kind of release my tail. My board is going good and I was just trying to fit my turns in. I’m happy.”

Owen Wright took an impressive come-from-behind victory on his last wave with a series of air reverses and forehand wraps to overtake dangerous local talent Patrick Gudauskas and Hurley Pro Trialist Conner Coffin in the dying minutes of his heat.

“I had a bit of a battle out there,” Wright said. “I’m pretty happy to have made it through this first round because I haven’t won a Round 1 heat in awhile. I really had nothing going on for me coming into the last five minutes and that wave really didn’t offer much at all and I just had to milk it as much as I could. I just caught the score so I’m pretty wrapped.”

Kelly Slater took out his Round 1 heat with last-minute heroics to overtake former ASP Dream Tour veteran Rob Machado and passionate Hawaiian Fred Patacchia.

“Rob had the biggest wave in that heat and he was way inside and I just let him go where he wanted,” Slater said. “He was looking left and started to go right and the left was good, but I was out of position and didn’t get it".

"That last set came in at the end and Rob said he was going to go right and that wave cleaned it up and I got the one behind it. It feels good to get the win. I was frustrated. I haven’t surfed since New York and was lucky to get the win.”

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.96, Travis Logie (ZAF) 11.53, Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.00
Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.43, Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.13, John Florence (HAW) 9.43
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.66, Adam Melling (AUS) 12.36, Chris Davidson (AUS) 9.80
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.60, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.37, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.87
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.57, Rob Machado (USA) 13.50, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.40
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.67, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.10, Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.13
Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.70, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.80
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.40, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.50, Kai Otton (AUS) 9.83
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.17, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.87, Dusty Payne (HAW) 8.77
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.60, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.33, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.53
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.00, Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.90, Daniel Ross (AUS) 6.75
Heat 12: Brett Simpson (USA) 12.40, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.94, Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.90

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