The Hurley Pro's contest organizers called a lay day on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. The lay day was called because the waves at the Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, on Tuesday morning were not conducive to contest level surfing. Most of the waves were two feet tall or less. Tuesday's conditions were very different from the start of the venerable surfing competition. If you ask me, the event started out on Sunday, September 16, 2012 with a bang. During the first two days of the surfing competition, the pro surfers consistently churned out high scores. It was really exciting to watch. Surf fans that missed all the jaw-dropping action may want to check out the highlights online. With that said, here's a quick rundown on some of the latest results:
Round 1 Results
The highest surf heat score of Round 1 went to Yadin Nicol (AUS) during his Heat 7 matchup against Owen Wright (AUS) and Miguel Pupo (BRA). He won the surf heat with 17.57 points. His best waves were a 9.30 point ride and an 8.27 point ride. Owen Wright, however, did not go down easily. His best waves were a 9 point ride and an 8.17 point ride.
Round 2 Results
The highest surf heat scores of Round 2 went to two surfers, Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Adam Melling (AUS). Each one won their respective surf heats with 17.30 points. Jeremy Flores won his Heat 4 matchup against Patrick Gudauskas (USA). I thought that Flores' carves were clean and on point. His best waves were a 9.43 point ride and a 7.87 point ride. Patrick Gudauskas, on the other hand, managed to fire off stunning aerials during the heat. His best wave was a beautiful 9 point ride. Jeremy Flores is slated to surf again in Round 3, Heat 4 against Kai Otton (AUS).
Adam Melling (AUS) barely won his Heat 8 matchup against Damien Hobgood (USA). Melling's best waves were a 9.73 point ride and a 7.57 point ride. I thought that his forehand carves were incredible. Damien Hobgood's best waves were an 8.43 point ride and an 8.70 point ride. Adam Melling is expected to surf again in Round 3, Heat 3 against Taj Burrow (AUS). It should prove to be an exhilarating surf heat.
Mother Nature willing, the Hurley Pro is expected to resume in San Clemente, California, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Round 3 is slated to kick off with a matchup between Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA). Personally, I plan on rooting for Matt Wilkinson. Additional surfers that I hope to cheer for on Wednesday include Gabriel Medina (BRA), John John Florence (HAW) and Josh Kerr (AUS).
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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