Carlos Munoz Wins 2014 Hurley Pro Wildcard

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Carlos MunozCarlos Munoz, your 2014 Hurley Pro at Lowers wildcard. Photo: Brian Bielmann

You never know what to expect heading into the Hurley Pro video trials. It employs a voting platform, which means it’s an un-policed democracy, which means it’s wild, sometimes nonsensical always unpredictable — exactly the way we love it. Last year, a relatively unknown kid from South Carolina named Cam Richards challenged international steed Dane Reynolds. Cam somehow got help from Jamie Foxx and Jayden Smith, but was eventually bested by Dane. This year, the mysterious saga continued. Carlos Munoz just won the wildcard, but not by a mile. By a lightyear. Carlos owned the voting system, literally — there were over 400,000 visits to over the past four days and more than half of those visits came from individual IP addresses in Costa Rica. Numbers like that don’t lie, but they do raise a big question. How? How the hell did he do that? Maybe the national news picked it up? Maybe Carlos lobbied door-to-door? Maybe Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís hosted a banquet and everyone did cocaine and had sex? Maybe, maybe, maybe… the details are sure to come. But for now, we’d like to send a big congratulations to the first Costa Rican to ever surf in a ‘CT. Best of luck to you, Mr. Munoz. We’re thrilled to watch.