We’ve passed the halfway point, and now the world’s best surfers are heading to Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach starting this Sunday, September 18th for the Hurley Pro competition, the 7th of the 11 ASP World Tour events.
It is a critical stop in the quest for the 2011 ASP World Championship title given where we are in the year. While Kelly Slater (USA) is sitting several thousand points ahead of Owen Wright (AUS) right now in the #1 ranked position, he still has to keep up his game in order to capture his 11th World Title. Wright, Joel Parkinson (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), and Adriano De Souza (BRA), ranked 2,3,4, and 5 respectively are competitors who lurk just below Slater.
It will be exciting to watch the ASP top 34 and the two event wildcards, which are yet to be decided. Machado, Coffin, Crews and Yeomans are currently vying for the last wildcard spot which will be announced right before the first heat of Round 1.The second Hurley Pro wildcard is still to be determined by Hurley.
Last year’s Hurley Pro set a record, offering the single largest first-place and overall prize purse in ASP World Tour history: a $105,000 first-place prize and $400,000 overall. The amount of this year’s first-place check has yet to be determined.
We’re looking forward to watching the best of the best fight for the world title from September 18-24 and prove that surfing is one of the most competitive world sports featuring some of the finest, most talented athletes on the planet. Continue reading