Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion has claimed the Hurley Pro at Trestles over Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, in clean one to 1.5 metre waves at Lower Trestles in California, marking the iconic Floridian’s 50th elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) win of his career.
Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles, culminated in dramatic fashion today with the world’s best going head-to-head in pristine Southern California conditions.
Slater got off to a quick start in the Final bout against Parkinson, electing smaller inside waves, surfing them impeccably and moving from strength-to-strength throughout the heat and he confidently took his sixth event title at Lower Trestles, his third consecutive.
“I know I went out there feeling like I didn’t have anything to lose because Parko (Joel Parkinson) was the form guy,” Slater said. “He was pretty much the standout in every round. He schooled Medina (Gabriel Medina) yesterday somehow and was combo’ing everybody.”
Slater, who now sits at 3rd on the ASP WCT ratings, views today’s victory as a turning point in the 2012 season and will look to carry his recent momentum throughout the upcoming European leg of competition.
“I knew that heat would either make or break me for the year,” Slater said. “I would have let Parko (Joel Parkinson) have those extra 2,000 points if he’d won and it would look very different on the ratings. It’s cool to win the 50th here. I won my first event as a pro here and it’s great to get this win.”
Parkinson was dominant throughout the entirety of the Hurley Pro at Trestles, consistently posting high scores in every round of competition. The stylish Australian was unable to find the set waves he had been able to in previous rounds, but today’s Runner-Up finish against Slater cements his position as ASP WCT No. 2 heading into Europe.
“A final is a good result,” Parkinson said. “Every time I paddled out, I had a lot of waves and Kelly (Slater) had those heats where he had no waves and I was thinking, ‘my mojo is stronger.’ Sure enough, the final was a slow one. It was one of those ones where you feel like you’re on point all week and Mother Nature just lets you down.”
Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, two-time ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 1, was another standout at Lower Trestles this week, consistently lacerating the right-hand Lowers walls with powerful combinations. However, Fanning was unable to find a rhythm in his semi-final bout against Slater, exiting the Hurley Pro at Trestles with an Equal 3rd place finish.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, current ASP WCT No. 5, led the South American contingent, eliminating fellow countryman and event standout Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, in Round 5 and John John Florence (HAW), 19, in their Quarterfinals match, but was unable to surpass Parkinson’s rampage in the semi-finals, finishing equal 3rd overall.
South Africa’s Jordy Smith, 24, placed fifth after falling narrowly short against Parkinson in a high scoring quarter-final match-up where both surfers scored over 17 points out of a possible 20. The result elevates Smith up one position to No. 10 on the WCT rankings
Travis Logie (Durban) claimed his fourth 13th place finish of the year when he lost out to de Souza in Round 3 and is on the re-qualification cusp at No. 24 heading into the last four events of the year.
Hurley Pro at Trestles highlights available via www.hurley.com/hurleypro
The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver Pro France from September 28 through October 8, 2012.
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HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.50
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.00
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.27 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.34
SF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.26 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.43
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.60 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.50
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.17 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.93
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.16 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.04
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 11.60
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.90 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.76
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.94 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.44
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.93 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.57
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.30 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.57
CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Hurley Pro at Trestles):
1. Mick Fanning (AUS)
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
3. Kelly Slater (USA)
4. John John Florence (HAW)
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
10. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
24. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Pictured: Jordy Smith (Durban) carves a cutback on his way to fifth place in the Hurley Pro Trestles yesterday
Photo: ASP / Rowland
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