Carlos Munoz steals the show at the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles

September 12, 2014 | Surfing
Carlos Munoz: Costa Rica celebrates a golden smile

Carlos Munoz, the first ever Costa Rican surfer to compete in a Dream Tour event, won his Round 1 heat of the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles, in California.

The Central American surfer took off on a last-minute effort to send Gabriel Medina and Adam Melling into the repechage round. With 15 seconds to go, Munoz shows his power surfing skills to claim a decisive 7.73-point ride.

"I can't believe how everything happened. I got this chance; I prepared myself mentally. I heard everybody screaming and I knew I needed a score. I gave my heart to that last one, so I'm glad the judges liked it. I can't believe it. When I heard the score, I started crying," says Carlos Munoz.

Gabriel Medina is not the only top seed sent to Round 2. Kelly Slater fell at the hands of Tanner Gudauskas, who was surfing at home. Nevertheless, the heat was decided by a very narrow - only 0.13 points.

"It's a good feeling to win but there was definitely an element of luck out there. At the beginning of the heat, I was taking off on bad waves but then I got more into my rhythm. That was fun, and I'm stoked on the result. It's unbelievable to be here and have so much support, but before my heats I really need to relax," adds Gudauskas.

Owen Wright put out the highest two-wave heat total of the day. The Australian is fit and agile in the waves of Lower Trestles, as he defeated Alejo Muniz and Julian Wilson.

"When I went out I thought, 'whatever comes, left or right.' Being a goofy, you tend to go on the lefts a little more, but the rights tend to score better. The froth-factor for the goofies is having that option there," concludes Wright.

Hurley Pro at Trestles Round 1 Results:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.10, Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.57, Taj Burrow (AUS) 7.67
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.40, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.94, Brett Simpson (USA) 10.17
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.20, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.17, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.77
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.77, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.93, Kai Otton (AUS) 11.77
Heat 5: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.93, Kelly Slater (USA) 14.80, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.13
Heat 6: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.90, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.70, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.56
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 16.77, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 14.10, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.50
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.43, Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.50, Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.97
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 16.70, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.23, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.63
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.43, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.44, Julian Wilson (AUS) 9.27
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.06, Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.73, Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.50
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) 15.27, Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.10, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.80

Hurley Pro at Trestles Round 2 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Travis Logie (USA)
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

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