Hurley Lowers Pro Day 2: Forward Momentum

posted by / News / September 16, 2010

Taylor Knox

Photos by Jimmicane

He’s been on tour longer than Justin Bieber’s been alive but Taylor Knox today proved he was as relevant as ever.

In trying conditions, the man whose style was as current in 1994 (when he debuted) as it is today racked up the day’s highest combined total (14.5). Including the day’s highest scoring ride; an 8.5 that saw two trademark forehand hacks.

It signaled a return to form for the Californian, who received 33rds in J-Bay and Tahiti.

“The 33rd was frustrating in J-Bay and the 33rd in Teahupoo, I didn’t really have any big mistakes there, I just didn’t get any opportunity. When that happens, you don’t beat yourself up over it, you just move on. I’m just fortunate and to do well at home in front of friends and family is an extra bonus.”

The day’s other standout was Mod Coll member Dusty Payne but it was still a long way from his pre-tour billings.

“I haven’t surfed well on tour this year. I’ve just felt so stiff. I can’t let loose. It’s these big contests and all these people watching and all this stuff happening. I watch Dane surf and I get so inspired and then I get out there and…yeah,” the Hawaiian said after his win over Jeremy Flores.

Asked what the remedy for his poor run of form is, Dusty says it’s simple.

“I’ve just gotta surf more, go on more trips and get my feet in the wax.”

Other winners in round two included Owen Wright, Tiago Pires and Luke Stedman.

But the day’s highlights would come during the expression session after the contest. The predicted swell began to fill in, albeit from a wonky direction, sending four foot peaks ashore. Dane attempted a single backside board varial and nailed it. It was good enough to make most modern surf movies. Sixteen year old, Kolohe Andino jacked a lofted slob air reverse, Pat Gudauskas stuck a rodeo and Slater copped a board to the chest from a punter once the expression session ended.

“Imagine [if he was injured] and I didn’t have to surf against him tomorrow,” said his round three opponent, Gabe Kling. – Jed Smith

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7 Responses to “Hurley Lowers Pro Day 2: Forward Momentum”

  1. mick says:

    how bad was the judging?! one of the announcers said it best; somthing like ´´wow jeremy went too hard on that move. he could of played it safe and got the score cause it was a good wave.´´ is the criterier now regressing to awarding safe surfing?
    owans clean as reverse getting a 3!! come on!!!
    and day 1, one reverse gets an 8, 2 air reverses gets a 7??? wtf???? like politics at the momment we need to see whos hiring these clowns not blame the individual judges or even the head judge get rid of the guy behind him!!

  2. ray says:

    BEDE = ROBBED.
    HURLEY = garbage.

    Please explain how Bede got the score he did?

  3. BK says:

    SLAN SCUMENTE WHERE THE SEWER MEETS THE SEA.

    HASN’T THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION QUARANTEENED LOWERS YET.

    THE FLETCHER FAMILY LIVES SO CLOSE BY YOU WOULD THINK SO.

    SURFERS SUCK -MAGS SUCK – CONTESTS SUCK – CONTESTS HELD ON PUBLIC BEACH WHEN SWELL PUMPS SUCK !!!

  4. BK says:

    QUARANTINED

  5. jf says:

    The commentating is interesting , Hurley seam to have turned down the self congratulatory nonsense ( often espoused as seppo shit from the other side of the pacific) from last year and having competitive suring insight from BL ,Rabbit and to a lesser extent Brock, has been refreshing (although decades out of date , perhaps)and BL’s contempt of that Sal guys insight of some tabloid rubbish (talking over him, to call a wave) was good to hear, more opinoins from respected ACCOMPLISHED SURFERS, the better. Hope they keep the Hollywood shit off the beach tomorrow as it blighted the event in the past. If the judging is now so tech that Jadsons grabs til you land gets 3-4s and Dane’s unique arc’s (as in no-one, not even Kelly’s pizza throwing theatrics, can copy ) are getting 8s then bring in the tech commentators who have the knowledge . Is jimmicane broadcast-able ? does he speak with a non-regional-dialect or is he a mumbling staged frightened duffus. Bring your grab thesaurus , they have free food. Who else knows WTF all the skate/boarding grab are called? or should poor old Buggs and BL be forced into PlayStation boot camp with Brother Andino for a week prior to the event?

  6. mick says:

    man the judging sucks. granted the right guy has won mostly but the inconcistancy is gut wrenching. kellys fall off backside foam hump got a big score and jadsons upside down fin throw on the biggest and first section on 1 of the biggest waves of the heat(no reverce) gets a 4??? dane falls of on his second turn and gets a 9??? i dont get it.

  7. mick says:

    brock said it best answering bartons comment ´go right´ for jadsons last wave… brock; ´nah i wanna see him go left i love those crazy moves´

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