Opening Day Notes From The 2015 Hurley Pro At Lowers

The WSL downshifted today at the 8th stop of the Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour. Lowers doesn’t look much like Teahupo’o, but that doesn’t mean that’s any less entertaining. Did you skip viewing? We got you covered. Did you watch every single heat but now you’re bored at work or school and/or want to kill time? Well, so long as your boss or teacher ain’t looking… Here are five defining moments from the other side of the tracks for those who couldn’t be bothered watching heat analyzer.

Freddy P Dropped The Mic.

I heard the word mimosas come over the loud speaker and I knew something was up. Freddy P. paddled out against Gabs and Bede, got a ten, took off on Medina in hopes to disqualify himself, and came in with five minutes left on the clock to his beautiful wife and baby. Mental breakdown? Not quite. As surf fans around the world yelled WTF at their monitors, a microphone found Freddy and he announced his retirement from the WSL with a large grin on his face. He wasn’t throwing in the towel at the end of the year, or at the end of this contest even, he called it a career right then and there. No Round 3, no title upsets, no crushing those with dreams of re-qualification. It was badass and he knows it.

Kolohe Calmed Down.

It’s a stunning display of patience and confidence when a surfer doesn’t rush and instead allows the wave to unfold in front of them. Surfing in cursive if you will, visual poetry.

Kolohe didn’t look like he was over-surfing in his heat against Matt Wilkinson and Josh Kerr. Instead, he began to showcase the sort of surfing that might make him unbeatable at Lowers. He waited, and chose the precise moments when to sink his rail, and the result was a fluid display of modern power surfing and a ticket to Round 3.

Jeremy Lost His Helmet, Still Won His Heat.

Maybe it was a surge of confidence from his flawless display of backside tube riding which translated to a win in Tahiti. Or maybe it was because Lowers is like a golden retriever without teeth. Whatever the reason was, Jeremy Flores ditched the helmet and proved that he can score in waves without consequence.

Kelly Went Logo-less.

Remember when Slater ripped the red mountain off the nose of his sled last year? Do you recall how naked his board looked? Today he took it a step further and made the Channel Islands hexagon disappear. Kelly is keeping us guessing about what he’s riding and we love it, especially if he keeps surfing the way he did in his over Jadson and Dusty.

Caroline Marks Is The Next Someone.

Youth moves at the speed of now — just ask Caroline Marks who became the youngest competitor ever to rock a singlet in World Tour competition. Her first round appearance broke the record previously set by Tyler Wright, who won The Layne Beachley Classic when she was 14 years old. While Caroline was unsuccessful in her bout against Carissa and Silvana, she’ll prove to be a tough draw in whomever she matches up with in Round 2. —Jake Tellkamp

Hurley Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.63, Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.44, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.67
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.00, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.93, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.77
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.60, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 10.87, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 8.00
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.00, Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.74, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.00
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.30, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 14.46, Adam Melling (AUS) 10.67
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.37, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.63, Ian Crane (USA) 12.74
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.27, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.96, Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.33
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.87, Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.80, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.04
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.90, John John Florence (HAW) 12.20, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 11.66
Heat 10: Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 18.90, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.20
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) 16.10, Nat Young (USA) 15.50, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.70
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.94, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.43, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 14.73

Hurley Pro Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Ian Crane (USA)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) vs. Artiz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 5: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 10: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Swatch Women’s Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 17.20, Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.83, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.33
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.00, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 13.90, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.60
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.34, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.67, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 7.17
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.36, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.96, Caroline Marks (USA) 11.77
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.67, Coco Ho (HAW) 14.60, Sage Erickson (USA) 14.36