Slater Wins The Hurley Pro

Prior to the final day of the Hurley Pro, Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith put together some of the most impressive rides in the history of competitive surfing. But during Dane’s semifinal, his girlfriend Courtney said what we were all thinking: “Oh no, he’s gonna have one of those heats again.” And sure enough he went on to post a trademark pair of two’s as his high scores after falling on every wave he rode. Jordy suffered a similar fate in his quarterfinal heat. But Jordy isn’t completely to blame though, because he broke two of his favorite boards on Friday, and the one he was riding during his heat against Bede Durbidge didn’t look nearly as sharp.

Similarly, Mick had ridden every wave flawlessly the entire event, but in two heats today he made more mistakes than he’ll care to remember. Meanwhile, Bede hadn’t made a mistake the entire event. The Hobgoods and Coach Gallager have a saying: “What would Bede do?” And on the final day he could do no wrong. Just like that he rolled over his competition—claiming the scalps of both Dane and Jordy—and found himself in the final up against the surfer who, no matter how many years he’s been in the game or how high the performance level rises, has no equal.

Watching Kelly gain momentum through the Hurley Pro was to see him at his best. He was the only surfer to freesurf before and after every day of competition and this allowed him to keep pace perfectly with the continually increasing swell—a swell that peaked in the final with a massive set that had him scoring a near perfect score on a tube-ride at Lowers of all places.

With Kelly’s victory today he jumps into a healthy lead in the ASP rankings. Looking ahead to the Europe leg, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him extend that lead because, right now, Hurricane Igor is marching toward the North Atlantic and ison its way to turning extra tropical. If the Dream Tour continues its run of luck from Lowers they will be looking at big and perfect barrels for France.

Can anyone match Kelly in big hollow beachbreak? Andy can, but he’s not in the world-title race. Dane can, but he probably won’t be able to do it heat after heat. Jordy? He can get extremely shacked on his frontside at New Pier, but in a shifty lineup with an equal number of lefts on offer, I’m not sold. It looks like Kelly is well on his way to Number 10.

Kelly Slater's classic combination of power and progression was too much for Bede Durbidge in the final. Photo: Van Swae
Kelly Slater ripping his way to victory and getting one-step closer to his tenth world title. Photo: Van Swae
It was Bede Durbidge's consistent surfing that allowed him to overtake Jordy Smith and Dane Reynolds in back-to-back heats. Photo: Glaser
Bede Durbidge's consistency allowed him to overcome the progressive surfing of Jordy Smith and Dane Reynolds. Photo: Glaser
Immediately following his quarterfinal loss, Jordy Smith had enough of his board and gave it to a lucky grom. Don't expect to see that board on eBay. Photo: Glaser
Immediately following his quarter final loss, Jordy Smith said goodbye to his board and gave it to a lucky grom. Photo: Glaser
"This was the best Lowers I have ever seen," said CJ Hobgood. Photo: Glaser
Nate Yeomans was a victim of the recent Tour cut-off, but had the opportunity to surf in the Legends Expression session, which he won with this wave. Photo: Glaser
Nate Yeomans was a recent victim of the World Tour cut-off, but yesterday aired his way to victory in the Lowers Legends expression session. Photo: Glaser
To beat Slater in perfect Lowers it has to be black and white. Owen Wright launched one of the biggest air reverses ever seen in competition to get a 9.2 and it still couldn't stop Slater. Photo: Van Swae
Owen Wright was unable to repeat his Day 3 performance against Slater, despite this huge air-reverse that earned him a 9.2. Photo: Van Swae
To beat Dane Reynolds in perfect Lowers you're going to need a little luck. Taj Burrow feeling lucky. Photo:Glaser
To beat Dane Reynolds in perfect Lowers you're going to need a little luck. Taj Burrow, feeling lucky. Photo: Glaser
Not known for getting rattled, Mick Fanning struggled to find a rhythm after Slater jumped to an early lead in Semifinal Number One. Photo: Van Swae
In semi final number one, Mick Fanning couldn't find his rhythm and became another Slater casualty. Photo: Van Swae
Kelly Slater can now remove the Number Two jersey and hand it off to Jordy Smith. Photo: Van Swae
Kelly Slater can remove the number two jersey and hand it off to Jordy Smith. Photo: Van Swae
At only 17 years old, Luke Davis is already considered a Lowers Legend and was allowed to surf in the Legends Expression Session. Photo: Van Swae
At only 17 years-old, Luke Davis is already considered a Lowers legend and proved why in the expression session. Photo: Glaser
After Dane Reynolds posted the second highest heat score of the event against Taj Burrow in Quarterfinal Number Four, Dane looked like he
Another equal third for Dane Reynolds--his first World Tour event win still just out of reach. Photo: Van Swae
The Hurley Pro was Slater's second World Tour victory this year and 43rd of his career. Photo: Van Swae
The Hurley Pro was Slater's second World Tour victory on the year and unprecedented 43rd of his career. Photo: Van Swae

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.13
2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.13

HURLEY PRO TRESTLES SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 15.87 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.43
SF 2:Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.67 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.63

ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Hurley Pro at Trestles):

1. Kelly Slater (USA) 40,000 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,500 pts
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 30,500 pts
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 30,250 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 29,500 pts