Let’s try something a little different…
Remember the last time we saw the men’s WCT? You should. It was only a few weeks ago and it was only the best ever. The 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti waltzed on into some of the largest and heaviest surf in the history of singlets. It was quite the thing. Today, the men’s Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles began and the waves looked absolutely nothing like Teahupo’o. The crystal blues of the water were replaced by green and death caves were swapped for coquettish walls — it was a welcome change. Why? Because Lowers brings out the best in each and every surfer. Turns out, the best from the best surfers in the world is really fucking good.
And they’re off…
No need for a bugle when you’ve got the soft coo of an air horn and the brash sound of Dave Stansfield’s voice. Round 1 sailed from stern to bow, and here’s who earned gold stars.
Michel Bourez: Is he still a legitimate 2014 title contender? Who knows (Al Hunt and probably not)! He sure as hell surfed like one today. Although Filipe Toledo came .03 points shy of the score he needed at the end of their heat — a decision that could have swayed either way. Also, big ups to Jeremy Flores for returning to tour in this heat and not trying to fight one single judge all day. Baby steps.
Tanner Gudauskas: The whole of San Clemente was on his back, and his name was on the whole of San Clemente’s screams. The support of his home crowd (and some solid surfing) saw Tanner backhandedly steal a win from Kelly Slater. His post-heat smile was brighter than any super moon.
Carlos Munoz:The whole of Costa Rica was on his back, and his face was on the whole of Costa Rica’s chest. A rabble of Ricans took the Taca Airlines skip up from San Jose and boy did they rabble, GO CARLOS T-shirts and all. Their rabbling did the trick as Cali bested Gabriel Medina with a last minute humdinger. Not a bad showing for the first Central American in a ‘CT event. Not bad at all.
Owen Wright: Nobody was on his back, but he was on his backhand when he beat A. Muniz and J. Wilson today. His 17.43 points were the day’s highest. How good is it to have this gentle giant back in a jersey?
Jordy Smith: Jordy is one of a kind. He’s so big and you’d think that small/playful waves would be his weak spot but no, you’re wrong idiot. Watching Jordy surf Lowers is like watching Bigfoot dance the ballet — agility never knew such stature. Unless he pulls off his signature move (the horrible tactical error), then we’d be surprised if ol’ Sasquatch ain’t romping around the podium.
John John Florence: Who else could be so fun to watch at both Teahupo’o and Trestles? Guess that’s why he has two first names, right guys? Right?
Well, more like an afternooncap and instead of a cordial, it was women’s surfing. Round 4 set the table for the Quarterfinals and here are two gals worth celebrating.
Lakey Peterson: SHE LANDED AN AIR REVERSE and beat Carissa Moore. Watching Lakey surf was a real San Clemente treat. Did I mention that she landed an air reverse — which is worth noting, because she doesn’t have a penis.
Bianca Buitendag: GirlNat smashed a 17.73 heat total today. She’s a real handful when she finds that rhythm going right. And no, we’re still not going to call her leggy.
They say that tomorrow…
The men will surf T-Street and a queen might find her crown. With Carissa’s loss today, Sally Fitzgrabbed the ratings lead. She’s now given herself the chance to gain some ground down the final stretch. So yes, you should still watch. —Women’s Surf Correspondent Brendan Buckley
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)
Swatch Women's Pro Trestles Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 13.90 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.23
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.67 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.76
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 17.73 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 13.43
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 8.83 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.63
Swatch Women's Pro Trestles Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)