Hurley Pro: Day 3

posted by / News, Photos / September 18, 2013

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With tosses like this, Pat Gudauskas woofed Kelly Slater in Round 3 — much to the delight of the San Clemente.

With tosses like this, Pat Gudauskas woofed Kelly Slater in Round 3 — much to the delight of the San Clemente.

Taj won the paddle battle, Taj won the war. It was an unfortunate morning for Kolohe Andino, although his surfing was anything but faulty.

Taj won the paddle battle, Taj won the war. It was an unfortunate morning for Kolohe Andino, although his surfing was anything but faulty.

"Those waves would be super fun if you were 6'3 and 190 pounds." Jordy Smith, re-writing sayings.

"Those waves would be super fun if you were 6'3" and weighed 190 pounds." Jordy Smith, re-writing sayings.

Felipe Toledo's showy attempt to topple Julian Wilson. But in the end, he came up just shy of beating Jules.

Felipe Toledo had a boisterous attempt at toppling Julian Wilson. But in the end, he came up shy.

Donning Halloween colors, Josh Kerr (in black) does a trick while Mick Fanning (in orange) looks for a treat.

Donning Halloween colors, Josh Kerr (in black) does a trick while Mick Fanning (in orange) looks for a treat.


 

Only the ASP can judge me. Tupac Shakur never said that, but the world tour’s finest reluctantly muttered it on the third day of the Hurley Pro at Lowers. When guys are doing the same exact turns and tail throws on the same exact crumb cake bowls, the judging becomes a pedantic specimen of subjectivity. Many heats were decided by iffy margins of less than a point. Wave selection was a life-or-death matter and it only took one priority blunder to locate the latter. Kolohe Andino learned that in his early morning matchup with Taj Burrow. Brother’s surfing was superb, but a tactical mistake late in the heat gave Taj the go-ahead. Not Young also got bit by the pest of strategy in his loss to Travis Logie — his ice-cold nerves allowed him to wait one half-set too long. Right after Nat’s heat, Julian Wilson and Felipe Toledo endeavored in one of the best battles of the event. Both surfers comboed long, walled rights and got sparky on quick lefts. The judges hands were full, and they were full of uncertainty. Julian was eventually given the nod, but only by a feigned .96 points. Round 4 commenced with more desperately close heats until Julian returned to devour the last heat of the day. In pulsing surf, he punted the two highest scores of the event. He is easily the favorite heading into the final day, but don’t tell the judges that.

HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.00 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 15.87
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.30 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.87
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.20 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.67
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 9.43
Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.17 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.07
Heat 6: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.57 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.80
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.17 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.87
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.94 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.80
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.93
Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.47 def. Nat Young (USA) 11.73
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.03 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.07
Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.67 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.06

*HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.23
Heat 2: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.23, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.40, Kai Otton (AUS) 13.03
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.30, Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.80, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.93
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.07, Adam Melling (AUS) 14.03, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.67

UPCOMING HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 5 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 4: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

*Heat winners go straight to quarterfinals.

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5 Responses to “Hurley Pro: Day 3”

  1. robert says:

    The worst was the Hobgood / Medina heat. Judges “had” (?) to give the heat to Hobgood, since his 7.8 at the end was a pure joke.
    Hobgood surfed his heat like if we were back in 1986, and won.
    Since a year now, judges biases are the norm in contest, and most of the time in favor of anglo-saxon surfers. Enough for me, watching contests was fun, but not anymore, and I guess J Flores was right when talking about the ASP being the “australian pro surfing”. Just add the “a” for America.
    I guess euros and brazilians should create a tour for themselves, and leave the world title to the usual Aus/Usa/Zaf business!

  2. Tim says:

    @Robert — you’d have a case to make except that Medina (Nike Lowers Pro 2012, Rip Curl search 2011, France 2011), Adriano (Bells Beach 2013, Brasil 2011, J-Bay 2012, Portugal 2010, ), Miquel Pupo (Nike Lowers Pro 2011, O’Neil Cold Water Classic 2011), Alejo Muniz (US Open 2013, US Open 2012), Flores (Billabong Pipeline 2010) and other non-anglos have won all over the CT and WQS series. So you’re wrong, in fact, you’re arguement is older than the era of surfing you reference. Let it go man, judging is never going to be perfect. The whinging only underscores your mis-placed “passion” and lame-ass view that certain cultures are victims of a system they willingly participate in. It doesn’t exist anywhere but in your head. What makes it worse is when your group does win it’s “Brazillian storm” or whatever. It’s crying one way or the other.

  3. noel says:

    @Tim
    I just think Lowers (this year) is a perfect example of how the judging failed. The inconsistency of the waves have lead to judging the strategy of each surfer more than judging the individual skill.
    As long as the surfer did choose a long wave and made like 100 simple hacks, he got the score. But the surfer who only did one or two risky moves on a smaller wave lost.
    (my opinion)

  4. Tim says:

    Good points Noel. Not saying the judging was spot on at all, but taking issue with the previous comment that the judging is biased against some nations/cultures.

  5. Mike Anderson says:

    @ Robert your right that was pathetic, I’m not a Medina fan “Anderson Silva yes” Medina no, but that was a joke. Any way judging surfing what ever. It’s like judging food or wine everyone has different tastes. On your idea, I say its a good one. Just like to add all the contests, competitors, wanna bees, beginners, drop in artists, no educate Eruos and Brazzos stay in their countries and surf-surf-surf….

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