Lower Trestles is one of the most high-performance waves in the world. So much so that at times it resembles a Blue Angels air show. It's the polar opposite style of surfing and conditions we bore witness to during the recent Billabong Pro Tahiti, but due to some pretty damn good Lowers Tuesday at the Hurley Pro, it was quite entertaining. And since it is Lowers, we decided to honor Lowers local and the guy who opened the world's eyes to aerial surfing, Christian Fletcher, and focus one three who flew.
World No. 1 Gabriel Medina had an uneasy start to his clash against fellow Brazilian Raoni Monteiro, but found his feet—and the air—midway through. It was a crucial win for Medina—with Kelly Slater lurking behind him in the world title race and just a handful of events left, every heat counts at this point. “In the beginning of the heat we couldn’t catch many waves. It was so slow and I was getting nervous. I’m just stoked to make it through. It’s always hard to compete against a Brazilian guy but it’s a competition and we just think about our job,” said Medina in a post-heat interview. If he's able to hang on, Gabriel Medina will become the first Brazilian world champion.
It wasn't the prettiest air he's ever done, but at 42 years old that Kelly Slater is stomping massive frontside airs is amazing. "I knew I needed to do something big; it was a little sloppy but I made it," said Slater to the ASP. Slater will need to be on his A game as the tour heads to Europe before finishing in Hawaii. With three events left and down by more than 7,000 points, it's time for Slater to hit the gas pedal with whatever he's got left in the tank.
Christian Fletcher would have been proud of Filipe Toledo Tuesday at Lowers. The high-flying Brazilian pulled the air of the day when he threw down a Hail Mary in his matchup against Adam Melling. Regarded by some as the best pure aerialist on the World Tour, Toledo had this to say after landing the air of the day: “I saw Melling doing some big turns and getting a huge score, so I knew I had to do something crazy. I know the wind is really good for airs so when the first left came I just went for it. When I landed I was surprised but I'm stoked to get through. I'm looking forward to more heats and more airs."
The Hurley Pro Lower Trestles is looking at two more days of fantastic surf and balmy weather. With the women's side of the draw getting down to the business end and the men steamrolling ahead, the Hurley Pro Lower Trestles figures to be excellent viewing. Catch all the action live at www.aspworldtour.com.
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