With the start of the 2014 Hurley Pro less than 24 hours away, anticipation surrounds the entire event. The swell forecast looks promising, the weather is warm and the surfers are ready to go. This is evident by the free surf that went down this morning at Lower Tresltes. Standouts from the Women's WCT included Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson.
In addition, to Paige Hareb and Dimity Stoyle who also put on a clinic in the water. On the men's side of things, it seems as like everyone was in the water including John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Bede Durbidge and Travis Logie. In addition to surfers from the WCT, Sage Erickson, Luke Davis, Nate Yeomans and other professional surfers were ripping despite not being in the 2014 Hurley Pro. And the crowd on the beach thoroughly enjoyed all the action in the water as everyone warms up and prepared for the event.
Despite being one of the most popular ASP events on the WCT, the lineup was relatively uncrowned and everyone seemed to be catching their fair share of waves. Of course those with local knowledge like Kolohe Andino and Lakey Peterson (now living in San Clemente) seemed to be on the best set waves throughout the morning.
I have a feeling that the 2014 Hurley Pro is going to be a great event! Hopefully it will get underway first thing tomorrow morning!
More Pictures: Black & White | 2014 Hurley Pro Freesurf
Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles. While the official call as to whether or not they will start Round 1 on Monday has not been made, the waves looks really fun and all the top pros have been warming up this morning. Below is the event promo video featuring highlights and clips from last years event, all compacted into 60 seconds of surfing. Enjoy!
We are just two days away from the start of the 2014 Hurley Pro and I couldn't be more excited! The past two weeks here in Socal have seen some really fun surf conditions, including the biggest swell in more than a decade. Thus allowing plenty of opportunity for the world's best surfers to warmup and find their magic boards.
While San Clemente might be a sleepy surfing town for most of the year, the Hurley Pro brings levels of excitement that are hard to beat. Even surfboard shapers like Matt Biolos of Lost Surfboards feel the energy and excitement while shaping boards for his long list of professional surfer clients; boards which could very well win the competition. One thing is for sure, the 2014 Hurley Pro is going to be epic.
The event's waiting period kicks off Tuesday Morning and extends until September 20th, which gives contest director Mike Parsons plenty of time to run the event in optimal conditions. The good news is that the long-term forecast looks rather promising, which has everyone rather excited. Especially considering Lower Trestles is often considered one of the most exciting and high performance waves on the WCT for innovative power surfing and aerial maneuvers.
For those of you planning on coming down to watch the event in person, there are a couple of things to be prepared for. The first is parking (see my parking guide from the 2011 Hurley Pro). While there is limited free street parking, it will surely be hard to find during the contest. The state park also opens up overflow parking with free shuttles, but they charge upwards of $20+ and the shuttles are generally few and far between. If you opt to walk instead of taking the shuttle, be prepared for a 30-40 minute journey to the contest site, depending on where you park. Of course, this also keeps the crowds down and allows you to explore the area. Lastly, the bathroom situation on the beach is less than ideal. Unless of course you enjoy pit toilets. Just something to think about before you order you Trenta coffee from Starbucks.
If I had to choose who will win the 2014 Hurley Pro, I would have to go with Kolohe Andino, Mick Fanning or Kelly Slater; in that particular order. I think Kolohe has a good shot considering this is his local break, his confidence has increased 10x since his rookie year and he seems to be surfing really well right now. Then again Mick & Kelly have both won this event in previous years and have extensive knowledge of the wave at lower trestles.
Who do you think will win the 2014 Hurley Pro?
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