Red Bull 21 Days: Andino and Moore (Part 3)

Red Bull 21 Days: Andino and Moore (Part 3)

Carissa could use a win to solidify her 2014 World Title crusade, while Kolohe, at 20-years-old, is looking to make a bold statement on his home turf – possibly his first ever WCT win?

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks Jimmicane

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks Jimmicane 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks Jimmicane 2014

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Medina, Kolohe
The Grinders: Jordy, Julian, Nat, JJF
The Strugglers: Crews, Muniz

Skeptical
The Elite: Taj
The Grinders: no one
The Strugglers: everyone

Nothing will make your head spin like trying to pick a fantasy team after watching the world’s best destroy Lowers for three days straight. One minute you’re set thinking Kelly will continue his stellar track record here and win again, the next you see Michel Bourez and he looks completely unstoppable. The fact is, everyone surfs insane at Lowers. If you pushed your grandma into a set wave here she’d probably rip. It’s very easy, and thus very fun to watch because these guys make it their bitch.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Hurley Pro Trestles: Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Hurley Pro Trestles: Red Bull Cheat Sheet 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles: Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Derek Rielly and Chris Binns gives their predictions and picks for the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Derek Rielly:

WINNER: Filipe Toledo
FINAL: Kolohe Andino vs Filipe Toledo
DARK HORSE: Julian Wilson
STAY AWAY FROM: Kelly Slater
SURPRISE: Mitch Crews and Adriano de Souza

Chris Binns:

WINNER: Kelly Slater
FINAL: Kolohe Andino vs Kelly Slater
DARK HORSE: Sebastian Zietz
STAY AWAY FROM: Joel Parkinson
SURPRISE: Carlos Munoz and Bede Durbidge

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Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks Shea Lopez

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks Shea Lopez 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Picks Shea Lopez 2014

Shea’s detailed write-up

Hurley Pro Trestles Pundit Shea Lopez picks his team for the 2014 contest at Trestles.

Lowers allows surfers to go their biggest in a wide range of conditions. With yet another swell gracing Southern California now, everyone should have had plenty of sessions to readjust to more rippable waves after the heavy tubes of Teahupoo. Looking at the waiting period, forecast charts point to strong swell at the finish of the Hurley Pro, and on bigger days at Lowers, traditional power surfing has proven a winning recipe for success.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Gabriel Medina $10,500,000
Taj Burrow $10,250,000
Jordy Smith $8,000,000
John John Florence $7,500,000
Kolohe Andino $7,000,000
Owen Wright $5,750,000
Filipe Toledo $4,000,000
Carlos Munoz $1,500,000

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Hurley Pro Trestles Seeds

Hurley Pro Trestles Seeds 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles Seeds 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles Heat Draw

Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

1. Gabriel Medina 24. Adam Melling 36. Carlos Munoz
2. Kelly Slater 23. Matt Wilkinson 35. Tanner Gudauskas
3. Joel Parkinson 22. Kai Otton 34. Raoni Monteiro
4. Michel Bourez 21. Filipe Toledo 33. Jeremy Flores
5. Mick Fanning 20. Miguel Pupo 32. Brett Simpson
6. Taj Burrow 19. Adrian Buchan 31. Travis Logie
7. Adriano De Souza 18. Sebastian Zietz 30. Artiz Aranburu
8. Kolohe Andino 17. Fred Patacchia 29. Jadson Andre
9. Nat Young 16. CJ Hobgood 28. Dion Atkinson
10. Owen Wright 15. Julian Wilson 27. Alejo Muniz
11. Josh Kerr 14. Jordy Smith 26. Tiago Pires
12. John John Florence 13. Bede Durbidge 25. Mitch Crews

Hurley Pro Trestles: Surfline Preview

Hurley Pro Trestles: Surfline Preview 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles: Surfline Preview 2014

Surfline preview

Marcus Sanders & Mike Cianciulli at Surfline put together a great series of quotes from the surfers as we head into the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Three Scariest Draws:
Mick – “Taj, Julian, Kelly”
Jordy – “Kelly, Julian, Gabby”
Taj – “Jordy, Julian, Kolohe”
Nat – “Gabriel, Jordy, Filipe”
Fred – “Madina, Madina, Madina”

Trestles has been a strong event for me historically and I’m generally pretty solid through the back half of the season. If we’re going to stop Medina, though, we’re going to need to start putting some wins on the board soon. It was good to gain some ground somewhat with a finals in Tahiti, but Medina grabbing his third win of the season really puts him in a commanding lead.

– Kelly Slater -more-

Hurley Pro Trestles: Fantasy Surfer Gut Picks

Hurley Pro Trestles: Fantasy Surfer Gut Picks 2014

Hurley Pro Trestles: Fantasy Surfer Gut Picks 2014The field has arrived. The time is near. Here are our Fantasy Surfer Gut Picks for the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

$10m+: Welcome Gabriel Medina to the $10m+ crew–we’ve been waiting for you! As always, any of these guys would be great picks. Our gut heavily swings towards Taj on a wave like Trestles, but for this contest, we’re going with Medina and Kelly.

Gabriel Medina: He has the heat strategy, rail game, and aerial assault to destroy all in his path at this high performance venue. His grip on the 2014 title is getting tighter and tighter. A few in the pack are trying to hunt him down, but our gut says he’ll widen the gap.

Kelly Slater: Kelly recently posted a nod to Medina: “Even though I’m gonna do everything in my power to stop this guy this year, I’m a big fan of his surfing“. Let’s focus a bit on the “I’m gonna do everything in my power to stop this guy this year“. Slater likely has 4 events left on tour. After Teahupo’o, his head is back in the game and he is seeing the finish line. …and you know he’s going to sprint to the finish.

$8m/$9m: Wow! There are only four guys in this range–Bourez, Nat, ADS and Jordy. ADS and Nat are competitive machines and both could go deep, but our guts point towards The Spartan and Jordzilla.

Michel Bourez: Everyone talks about the importance of the air game at Trestles, but the rail game is at least as important, if not more. Bourez does his best on waves where he can use his strength to create power on the wave where others can’t–we saw that at Margaret River. He made the semis here in 2013. Our guts says he’ll go deep again.

Jordy Smith: It’s no secret that Jordy has had a rough season. We think this will be the turnaround event for him (like Rio was for Kolohe). He has the air game to compete with the best of the aerialists, but also has the strength to create power on the waves (like he did at Bells with his should-have-been-a-10).

$6m/$7m: This is an interesting group that contains a few surfers who many think are performing below expectations: JJF, Julian and Otton. It also contains Kolohe Andino who has moved further up the seed list than any other this year. We’re picking Julian and Kolohe.

Julian Wilson: Like Jordy, Julian has had a disappointing season. This wave really suits Julian. We think he’ll arrive focused for redemption.

Kolohe Andino: There is so much hype on Kolohe for this event, including being featured in Red Bull’s 21Days. Will he choke like Taj at Margs, or will he rise to the occasion? We think he’ll rise.

$4m/$5m: This a is fairly large category with a number of surfers who could surge into the deep rounds. Our guts point to Owen and Filipe.

Owen Wright: Owen has been slowly building momentum on his comeback year and after Tahiti has cracked the Top 10 again. We think the momentum will continue.

Filipe Toledo: If his ankle has healed, we are going to see an air show that will be unmatched (unless JJF pulls off one of his crazy stunts). If Filipe can add in some rail work and variations, he’ll go deep.

$1.5m/$3m: This range represents the largest group. And we can’t believe Jeremy Flores is in here. We hope he can turn it around, but before we see some sort of spark, we’re staying away. We’re going with Crews and Jadson.

Mitch Crews: Mitch was the first to admit that he felt out of his element at Teahupo’o. He’ll be feeling right at home at Trestles. He’s only a couple of spots out of re-qualification and he’ll be looking to make a jump up with a good result here. We think he could pull it off.

Jadson Andre: Remember when Jadson first jumped on tour and was pulling off air reverses so often that a backlash formed? He has the air skill and has been developing his rail game. If he introduces some variation here, we think he’ll be a threat.