In the past there’s been a certain degree of controversy surrounding WCT wildcard entries and the ability for event title sponsors to hand them out to whoever they please. They can of course cause big upsets. But mostly wildcard allocations and seeding system play to the advantage of the top seeds.
Wherever you stand on this issue, Hurley are throwing something new into mix this year.
For the first time ever, Hurley are planning on determining one of their wildcard entries by means of video submissions. That in itself doesn’t sound too radical but the idea that the comp winner is to be determined by popular vote might seem slightly controversial to some.
Euros don’t get too excited, one of the conditions is you have to be American to take part.
Here’s how it works:
From May 15 to July 15, Hurley will accept video submissions from any and every American surfer with dreams of surfing in the Hurley Pro. Our judging panel will review all submissions and then rank the top 16 candidates. From there, we will place the top 16 in a man-on-man contest bracket. Starting July 29th, we leave the voting up to you. A true People’s Choice.
So, prepare your clips or get ready to click. Either way, you’ll be part of history by choosing the first ASP World Tour wildcard surfer based entirely on popular vote (If you make the top 16 that is).
For more info on how to enter, rules and regulations, visit www.thehurleypro.com