Brazilians dominate the 2015 Hurley Pro

September 12, 2015 | Surfing
Miguel Pupo: off-the-lip | Photo: Kirstin/WSL

The Brazilian Storm caused a few upsets, as the 2015 Hurley Pro reaches Round 4, at Lower Trestles, California.

To get things started, Miguel Pupo eliminated Julian Wilson from competition in a relatively low-scoring affair. Filipe Toledo defeated Michel Bourez with a breathtaking display of aerial surfing.

"I was out of the water for two weeks after Tahiti with an elbow injury, but after my performance yesterday I've definitely got my focus and momentum back," said Toledo.

Adriano de Souza is focused on defending leadership in the overall rankings. The Brazilian powerhouse beat Glenn Hall, who had already sent John John Florence home early.

"I still need to work on everything - strategy, surfing and ability. I never give up, and that was one of the hardest heats for me. Glenn is such a dangerous competitor, and I didn't underestimate him," added De Souza.

Mick Fanning is doing fine. The Australian only surfed two waves, but his scores were enough to eliminate San Clemente local Kolohe Andino.

"I want to get on with life and move on after the shark thing. I started getting that winning feeling back during J-Bay, and I want that to continue. My surfing feels really good at the moment, and I've got a World Title in mind," warns Fanning.

Kelly Slater seems ready to battle for the Lowers title. The Floridian found two excellent eight-point rides, but he will have to beat Gabriel Medina and Owen Wright in Round 4 to keep the Dream Tour title race alive for his camp.

"It's not a normal swell, so it's hard to be in the right place, and we missed the best waves in that heat. Adam needed a high nine at the end of the end, so I wasn't too worried," explained Slater.

Hurley Pro 2015 | Round 3 Results

Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.84 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 4.80
Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.30 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.27
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.27 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.83
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.63 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.90
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.27 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.53
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.83 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.97
Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.57
Nat Young (USA) 18.10 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 12.26
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.77 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.26
Kelly Slater (USA) 16.50 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 10.83
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.50 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.10
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) - Heat did not surf

Hurley Pro 2015 | Round 4 Match-Ups

Miguel Pupo (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Mick Fanning (AUS), Nat Young (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Kelly Slater (USA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Owen Wright (BRA)

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