The Trestles fog lifted for the most part of day 2 action at the Hurley Pro and despite dwindling swell organisers were able to finish up Round 2 in glassy small surf.
The biggest upset of the day came from Brazilian tour competitor Alejo Muniz, who eliminated John John after taking to the Lowers set lefts on his backhand for a couple high scores.
“It’s a little bit smaller, but when you’re from Brazil, this is really good,” Muniz said. “I was a little bit nervous because John John (Florence) beat me here in his rookie year. Before my heat I talked to Mikey Picon and he told me the lefts were better than the rights on the set waves. I was just trying to get the bigger waves. I think John John was trying to get a lot of waves and I did the opposite and I’m stoked to get those waves.”
To add to the result, Muniz is still sporting a knee injury he sustained in the Azores and wasn’t even sure he’d be able to surf at Trestles.
“I’m riding the same board since the US Open and I’ve been riding it in the last two contests,” Muniz said. “It’s a great board. I had an injury in the Azores and I didn’t think I’d be able to come here, but everything went well with the MRI and the physio. I’m still surfing with pain, but my board is working amazing and I’m stoked.”
On the Euro front, Jeremy Flores offered an impressive display of versatility against Yadin Nicol, securing yet another Round 3 spot. Flores was careful with his wave selection and admitted that patience was crucial in earning a heat victory.
“On the Dream Tour, we’re surfing really good waves all of the time so we’re not used to competing in these conditions, but you have to be a complete surfer,” Flores said. “Wave selection out there is super important today because there are a couple that are going to make the difference. They open up more, whether it’s a right or left and there are not many waves so you have to get the good ones. It’s anyone’s game out there.”
Local favourite Kolohe Andino then capped off the day with a win over Wilko. Kolohe looked on sizzling form in the small afternoon conditions, blending full-rail hacks with progressive aerials.
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES REMAINING ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 5: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.10
Heat 6: Kai Otton (AUS) 12.67 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.97
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.80 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.83
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.50 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.37
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.67 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.14
Heat 10: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 17.43 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.74
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.37 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.00
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.33 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.00
UPCOMING HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 3 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 10: Nat Young (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)