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World’s Best Surfers at Trestles for Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro

September 9th, 2015
Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Defending Champions Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore Withdraw due to Injuries
Shaun Tomson Takes on Fellow Surfing Legends in WSL Heritage Series

The famed cobblestone break of Lower Trestles, one of the of the most high-performance waves on the planet, will host the world’s best surfers as the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro kick off today (Wednesday), with a competitive window that could last until September 20.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) remains at No.1 on the Jeep Leaderboard heading into the Hurley Pro, the eighth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). De Souza holds a narrow lead over his closest rivals, current world No. 2 and three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning and fellow Australian Owen Wright, the current No. 3.

Defending Hurley Pro champion Jordy Smith (ZAF) has withdrawn from the event due to an ongoing injury suffered during a freesurf at the J-Bay Open. Smith has previously missed the Fiji Pro and the Billabong Pro Tahiti this year and is being replaced at Lower Trestles by Aritz Aranburu (ESP).

On the women’s side, California-native Courtney Conlogue (USA) is atop the Jeep Leaderboard, just 400 points ahead of two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Conlogue had a disappointing result at the Swatch Women’s Pro last year and is looking for a solid finish at Lower Trestles this season to retain her ratings lead.

In form South African, Bianca Buitendag, currently ranked No. 4 after posting two runner-up berths and a third place finish in the last three events, faces Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in her opening match-up.

Reigning six-time WSL Champion and defending event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) withdrew from the competition due to an ongoing knee injury sustained during a freesurf in Australia’s Margaret River earlier this season. She will be replaced by Caroline Marks (USA), currently No. 2 on the WSL North America Junior rankings.

Alongside the WSL Top 34 and Top 17 the events will see a return of the WSL Heritage Series with a women’s heat and a men’s Expression Session designed to celebrate and honour the icons of the sport.

Shaun Tomson, the 1977 World Champion and South Africa’s most internationally renowned surfer, will take on fellow legends Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan (all Australians) and Michael Ho in the men’s event while former world champions Lisa Andersen (USA) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will showcase women’s surfing. Seven-time former World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) has been forced to withdraw from the women’s Heritage Heat following a recent neck and back injury.

The Heritage Series Heat and Expression Session will have the opportunity to run at any point during the competition window.

Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) and Ian Crane (USA) earned the wildcards for the men’s event after winning the Hurley Pro Trials in July while Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women’s Pro.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, is calling for:

A long run of very rippable Southern Hemisphere SW swell will prevail for the first few days of the waiting period. In addition, we now expect to see SE/SSE swell from Hurricane Linda starting as early as Wednesday afternoon/evening and continuing Thur/Fri. All swells will gradually trend down through the weekend, with a further decrease in surf for early next week. A fun size Southern Hemisphere SW swell is on track for the 16th-18th.

The Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles hold a competitive window of September 9 – 20, 2015. All the action will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL mobile app. staring at 5.30pm South Africa time daily.

Hurley Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW), Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Ian Crane (USA)
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)

Swatch Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS)

ENDS

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