The SURFING Blog: Color Commentary — The Hurley Pro to Start Sunday

posted by / News / September 10, 2010

Kelly Slater, nine-time #1 and current #2, returns to Lowers this week. But first he came by SURFING to say hello.

Kelly Slater, nine-time #1 and current #2, returns to Lowers this week. But first he came by SURFING to say hello.

 

By Travis Ferré

Yesterday Kelly Slater made his first stop-in at the new SURFING Magazine building. It was three days before the Hurley Pro is scheduled to begin. We also met with Taylor Steele about the future. We also went to Billabong headquarters and played video games. We also had a Swimsuit Issue model casting, with two-dozen lovely young things breezing in and out of the office like it was the Playboy Mansion. But that’s all not important. Or maybe it is.

Anyway, we invited Kelly in, told him it’s open door policy now. Stop by anytime. I learned that he loves his iPhone and noticed how calm he is in person. So calm. Too calm. As surreal as it was to sit and chat with him and Managing Editor Stuart Cornuelle for two hours, it all felt a little eerie and pregnant. Like something’s about to change for Kelly. He seemed disinterested in tour talk, really — but very interested in other things (stay tuned for a full interview). We must remember, however, that he’s been doing this contest thing for 20-odd years, touring around and surfing, and another stop at Lowers must be about exciting as cold oatmeal.

But.

Remember Kelly Slater. We’ve seen this act before. Things to keep in mind: He’s rated 2nd going into Lowers, a mere 250 points shy of Jordy Smith. That’s the equivalent to a whitewater floater. We’re going into Lowers, France, Portugal, Puerto Rico and Pipe. Kelly Slater could potentially win his 10th — and almost certainly final — ASP World Title this year. And we won’t even see it coming.

As I sat there, conversing with a human who has done so much for us, and who’s as interesting a human and surfer as there is, I couldn’t help but think: Somewhere under this cloak of reserve is a f—cking tiger. It was scary like the Shark Encounter at Sea World, waaaaaaaaay to damn calm. So before I go into some other things to watch for this weekend when the Hurley Pro ramps up, remember Kelly Slater. He’s against SURFING Magazine intern Kolohe Andino in heat six of round one. I wonder if he’ll have cereal for breakfast.

Will this year's Hurley Pro be Kolohe Andino's 1990 Body Glove Surf Bout moment? Does anyone get that reference?

Will this year's Hurley Pro be Kolohe Andino's 1990 Body Glove Surf Bout moment? Does anyone get that reference?

 

As for the rest of the field: We’ll get our first taste of the newly trimmed 36-man ASP format. But instead of getting confused, let’s just see how it feels. All of us. Dane’s in the first heat so I know you’ll tune in early anyway. We’ll figure it out together.

Dane Reynolds kicks off the event this year. Courtney will probably be there too. Also, as an aside, Dane's new movie is mental.

Dane Reynolds kicks off the event this year. Courtney will probably be there too. Also, as an aside, Dane's new movie is mental.

 

And if the US Open of Surfing was any indication of what we can expect as far as Hurley’s webcast and event planning goes, then let’s get excited. Hurley’s back at it and ready to make our online viewing experience a pleasant one. “Every year, we strive to make the sport of surfing better,” says Hurley’s Pat O’Connell. “And the Hurley Pro is the perfect venue to achieve that. From the world’s best surfers to the fans on the beach to the online audience, we’re looking to elevate the experience across the board.”

The prize purse is worth $465,000. That’s a lot. We’ll see you Sunday morning. Remember Kelly Slater.

The Hurley Pro will take place September 12-18 with heats running five of the seven days. For more info check out http://www.hurley.com/hurleypro/.

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  • Scooter

    Yeah i get it ,It was Kelly’s 1st pro win when he was 16.The waves were firing -perfect lowers.I had one of the best seats in the house and watched Kelly hold up a check for $32,000 What a Moment

  • Al

    Why does everyone shove Kelly Slater down our throats before every contest? We get that he absolutely slays it at Lowers and has a good chance to win the contest but all this really sounds like is a bragfest that you sat down with Slater while he played around with his iPhone. Thanks for wasting my time. Now I will waste yours with bold and unlikely predictions.

    Jadson air reverses his way into a final and eventualy loses to eiter Mick or Jordy. I also predict an equal 5th finish from Dusty at this event.

  • Ray

    Can’t wait for Hurley to stop sponsoring contests:
    High money paid to pros, zero investment for good web casts for fans. 999 bros! blah….

  • nerd

    waaaaaay too* damn calm.

  • Richard Atwood

    Dude: The word you’re looking for is “poignant” not “pregnant.” Stop looking at those swimsuit models and start looking at a dictionary.

  • matt

    Does anyone know what time the first heat will begin around? Or maybe a better question is does anyone know what time parking will be completely gone?

  • 1tubejunkie

    Will Brother send Kelly into round two? It seems very possible but Kelly knows this is huge. I think he’s got something big planned and is mentally calm and feels the wind at his back. I can feel his confidence from here. Kolohe will have his number in a future test but this show is all Slater’s! He’ll be having way too much fun!

  • dude

    Kelly can be super rude with that gay ifone.

  • http://surfingmagazine.com scornuelle

    @Richard Atwood: See #2. But thanks though.

    preg·nant 1 (prgnnt)
    adj.
    1. Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    2.
    a. Weighty or significant; full of meaning: a conversation occasionally punctuated by pregnant pauses.
    b. Of great or potentially great import, implication, or moment: “It was a politically pregnant time in Poland” (New York).

    3. Filled or fraught; replete: “This was, from the Party’s point of view, both deplorable in itself and pregnant with danger for the future” (Robert Conquest).
    4. Having a profusion of ideas; creative or inventive.
    5. Producing results; fruitful: a pregnant decision.

  • Jackson

    Oy and what happened to little Kolo-hay? Don’t come to the table without a fatty stack of chips lad