Nerve-racking heats at the Hurley Pro 2012

September 20, 2012 | Surfing
Adrian Buchan: fired up in Lower Trestles

Close calls, judging controversy and interferences. The Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2012 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles were firing moments in pro surfing.

The cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles witnessed the world’s best surfers tear in to building four-to-six foot glassy (1.5 metre) waves.

Joel Parkinson, current No. 2 on the ASP WCT rankings, opened his Round 3 campaign by unloading the highest single-wave score of the Hurley Pro at Trestles of 9.93 out of 10. He is in the Quarterfinals already.

"That wave felt good," Parkinson said. "It was a perfect little Lowers wall. That first real good hit was sweet, it allowed me to feel confident from the first turn. I feed off of Taylor out there. He’s such an amazing veteran and experienced"

Adrian Buchan was deadly on his backhand today and unloaded powerful combinations to take an impressive 18.13 out of 20, in his win over Heitor Alves. He has also moved to the Quarterfinals.

"I was already confident I could get those scores," Buchan said. "My first heat, I only had one right and I had a 9 so I knew I could get the scores on the rights and I just needed to find them. That one 9.7 I got under Heitor’s priority and that wave didn’t look incredible, but it lined up beautifully on the inside."

Kelly Slater put Matt Wilkinson on the ropes in this morning’s Round 3 heat, posting an 8-point-score on his opening ride and dominated throughout the heat’s entirety.

“I think the lefts are a little steeper this morning,” Slater said. “The rights are longer, but the lefts do have some corners on them. It’s funny, because it looks so perfect and it’s actually really flat and soft. It’s not as easy to surf as it looks right now, plus that early morning sun is right in your eyes.”

Slater finished third in his non-elimination Round 4 heat, after a controversial interference wave with Julian Wilson, leaving Taj Burrow in the Quarterfinals.

Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles | Round 5

Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)

Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles | Round 4

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.93, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.60, Kelly Slater (USA) 11.20
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.23, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.97, Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.17
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.87, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.40, Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.63
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 18.57, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.27, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.67

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