John Florence at last year's Trestles contest. This year: new threads and turning heads. Photo: Ellis

John Florence at last year’s Trestles contest. This year: new threads and turning heads. Photo: Ellis

The end of the Billabong Pro Tahiti led to two of the Tour’s biggest disruptions of the year: John John overtaking Wilko as points leader, that glowing yellow halo suiting JJF quite nicely; and Kelly Slater’s return to form, his winning performance securing a top-10 position, jumping 11 spots to No. 8 and now in striking distance of World Title #12. Next up is California’s rippable cobblestone racetrack, Lower Trestles, and the judges will be looking for things to get radical, the playful-but-powerful Lowers walls a progressive surfer’s skatepark. But there’s no discounting powerful rail-surfing and classic lines, as there’s nowhere with as smooth and stylish a roster of champions as Lowers.

Here are the facts:

WHO: The WSL Men's Top 34 + 2 wildcards

WHAT: Stop #8 of the Men's 2016 WSL Championship Tour

WHEN: September 7-18

WHERE: Lower Trestles, California, USA

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mick Fanning (AUS)

WILDCARDS / INJURIES / INJURY REPLACEMENTS: (Updated September 5th, 2016) Bede Durbidge and Owen Wright are both out of the event due to injury. Wright will miss the entirety of 2016. The two wildcards were decided at the Hurley Pro Trials. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) and Brett Simpson (USA) are both available for trading.

EVENT WEBSITE: Tune into the WSL's event live at WorldSurfLeague.com

HEAT DRAW:

2016 Hurley Pro Trestles

Round One:

Heat 1: Jordy Smith, Nat Young, Keanu Asing
Heat 2: Julian Wilson, Kanoa Igarashi, Ryan Callinan
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan, Miguel Pupo, Kai Otton
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina, Adam Melling, Alex Ribeiro
Heat 5: Matt Wilkinson, Conner Coffin, Tanner Gudauskas
Heat 6: John Florence, Davey Cathels, Brett Simpson
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza, Wiggolly Dantas, Matt Banting
Heat 8: Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Jeremy Flores
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira, Caio Ibelli, Jack Freestone
Heat 10: Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Jadson Andre
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino, Josh Kerr, Stuart Kennedy
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz, Michel Bourez, Alejo Muniz

Trade your teams NOW for the Hurley Pro Trestles. Trading closes the moment the first wave of Heat One, Round One is taken. Visit FantasySurfer.com to choose your team now.