We’ve passed the halfway point, and now the world’s best surfers are heading to Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach from Sunday, September 16th – 22nd for the Hurley Pro competition, the 6th of the 10 ASP World Tour events. It is a critical stop in the quest for the 2012 ASP World Championship title, with the event victor ultimately winning the ASP World Title the past four years.
At this point Aussie Mick Fanning is in the #1 ranked position, just slightly ahead of his country mate Joel Parkinson. John John Florence (HAW), Kelly Slater (USA), and Taj Burrow (AUS), currently ranked 3, 4, and 5 respectively, threaten to steal the top spots held by the Australians.
This year the world’s surfing elite will tackle the surfing’s “Center Stage,” in a brand new World Tour seeding format and the most progressive judging criteria in the ASP’s history. For only the second time, the Tour will narrow its participants to just 32 instead of the usual 44.
Last year’s Hurley Pro set a historic record, offering the single largest first place and overall prize purse in ASP World Tour history; $105,000 first place prize and $400,000 overall. This year’s first-place check has yet to be determined.
Lined with cobblestones, San Onofre State Beach – Lower Trestles is California’s premier point/reef break and a world-class showcase for high-performance surfing. It is considered almost unanimously to be the most high-performance wave in the world, and where the most futuristic maneuvers in surfing are attempted and perfected.
With waves that’s propelled surfing careers, let this critical week at Trestles begin!