Early Days at the Hurley Pro

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

JS, talking boards in the locker room with a few of the Traktor Team on opening day. Clip Peter King 

Fred, going big on his way to round three. Photo Trevor Moran

From the JBay final to current Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Fred's power game has delivered heavily so far in 2017. Photo Trevor Moran

With smaller but still rippable walls on offer, he went with his regular shortboard in slightly thicker, wider dims - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L (he's 6'1" / 81kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Owen, throwing tail in round one. Despite looking super sharp on the few quality waves that came through, he lost a tight one to Jeremy. Photo Trevor Moran

After surfing a bunch of quality waves recently on Forget Me Nots, Hurley Pro opening day had O going back to his favourite Monsta 6, in the same dims that he used to win at Snapper - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy, stamping some authority on the end section, en route to round three. Photo Trevor Moran

Jezza's made the final at a Trestles event before, and he's right back on the same dims that got him there - Monsta 6 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Fast, polished, and progressive as ever. Hiroto, tail high on his way to the first CT heat win of his career. Photo Trevor Moran 

Hiroto and his go-to Monsta 6, 5'8 1/2" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L (he's 5'4" / 64kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, putting that razor sharp backhand to work on his way to a big round two heat win. Photo Trevor Moran

From home to Hawaii, Brazil and California, Ace has been loving his HYFIs over the last year - especially in conditions like the Hurley Pro's seen so far. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a HYFI Monsta 6 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, exploding through the Lowers left. Photo Trevor Moran

Since taking top honours at Teahupo'o, Jules and JS have put a lot of work into refining his Air 17s, where now he has a full quiver of new shortboards completely dialled in for Lowers. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Ryan Miller

Sometimes, getting to town extra early is well worth it, especially when the forecast plays out like this year. Jules, looking fast and loose in the warm-ups. Clip Jimmy Lees.