A dreamy venue if you don't look to the left side of the frame.

A dreamy venue if you don't look to the left side of the frame.

Ian Crane, we know you did this.

Ian Crane, we know you did this.

Evan Geiselman almost laughed his brother Eric into retirement after losing to Jeremy Carter in El Salvador. Well, karma's a bitch Evan.

Evan Geiselman almost laughed his brother Eric into retirement after losing to Jeremy Carter in El Salvador. Well, karma's a bitch Evan.

"Can I please have the blue jersey Snips? Please!" Luke Davis, matching.

"Can I please have the blue jersey Snips? Please!" Luke Davis, matching.

Being the 1st call up in the case of an injury on tour, expect to see Patty G in the Lowers Pro anyway.

Being the 1st call up in the case of an injury on tour, expect to see Patty G in the Lowers Pro anyway.

If there was no swell, Snips could always call in the battleship sets.

If there was no swell, Snips could always call in the battleship sets.

Take notice. Ian Crane is on the come up.

Take notice. Ian Crane is on the come up.

The two year wildcard streak ended for Conner Coffin against Nate Yeomans.

The two year wildcard streak ended for Conner Coffin against Nate Yeomans.

One in six people don't have access to clean drinking water...

One in six people don't have access to clean drinking water...

Brother makes sure Ian Crane isn't one of them before the final.

Brother makes sure Ian Crane isn't one of them before the final.

Michael Dunphy put up a fight, but was taken down by a huge combo from Crane.

Michael Dunphy put up a fight, but was taken down by a huge combo from Crane.

Nate Yeomans and his dangerously consistent slash.

Nate Yeomans and his dangerously consistent slash.

San Clemente posse, pre-funeral.

San Clemente posse, pre-funeral.

Ian Crane going ape shit.

Ian Crane going ape shit.

Mitch Crews careful disecting another left runner for the win.

Mitch Crews careful disecting another left runner for the win.

Mitch Crews, victory.

Mitch Crews, victory.

Hurley Pro Lowers Trials: Mitch Crews Wins Wildcard #1

All Photos: Jimmicane


 

“Are we leaving a funeral right now?” Nate Yeomans mutters as the San Clemente posse packs up their beach chairs and umbrellas.

Why the somber mood?

Because Mitch Crews just clawed the 1st of two Hurley Pro Lowers wildcards from on-fire local boy, Ian Crane. The other is to be decided by a video competition that Dane Reynolds has entered (which means we already know who gets wildcard numero dos).

Other than that, it was a pretty mellow day down at Trail 6, San Onofre. No nudist frolicking down the trail, no shark sightings. Probably the most exciting episodes we’re Evan Geiselman and Luke Davis unable to beat Jeremy Carter in their first heats, and Kolohe Andino terrorizing the beach all day like a 12 year child on Red Bull.

But the waves we’re rippable and the prize, a big one: Two heats at Lowers + 8k, with the potential for more if you’re still dreaming come mid-September.

2nd place got a friendly smile and a handshake.

Congrats to Mitch Crews for adding another )( logo into their solo event of 2013.

Results
1. Mitch Crews
2. Ian Crane
3. Michael Dunphy, Nate Yeomans
5. Pat Guduaskas, Tanner Gudauskas, Conner Coffin, Jeremy Carter