Stab Magazine | Two-Foot Lowers Is Still High-Quality Entertainment

LIVE NOW: FINALS DAY OF STAB HIGH PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY

7 Views

Two-Foot Lowers Is Still High-Quality Entertainment

The brightest moments from day one, here:

news // Sep 14, 2017
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

And finally, finally the Hurley Lowers Pro (men’s edition) got its start.

Five days of northwest windswell plagued the Lowers lineup, turning (would-be) split-peak walls into a short, mushy, beachbreak over cobble. But today, by virtue of calm trades and a newly approaching south swell, the waves went from D- to C+ and for that we are thankful. Let’s discuss the nitty and the gritty from day one.

The turf
Technically part of San Diego county, Trestles is a decidedly Orange County locale. This can be discerned through the locals’ transportation of choice (motorized bicycles), the Lowers surfboard of choice (the …Lost fun shape of the week), and the spot’s foremost local celebrity (Kolohe Andino (though Chris Ward remains a close second)). 

The surf
Two-to-three foot, soft and disjointed. With hardly a walled-up wave in sight, most keepers were bagged with one big turn pump pump pump, two big turn pump pump pump, finish. A few outliers include: Jordy, John, Frederico, and Seabass, all of whom made chop-suey of right-hand walls en route to victory.

Filipe’s controlled flight

https://www.youtube.com/embed/POAAvkCDR6I


Heading into the backend of his round one heat, Filipe found himself in need of a near-excellent score. Taking an inside runner without priority, Filipe sped down the line and launched into one of his signature full rota– wait, what? A straight air? Landed in the transition and linked with a searing turn (and another and another)? This 9.4 was an act of competitive brilliance. Filipe — who is infinitely aware of his ability to garner big scores with one maneuver, but also a brilliant tactician — saw more points in a controlled flight followed by a series of turns rather one hail mary (can we even call it a ‘hail mary’ if his make rate is 90%?). This act proves that not only is Filipe physically peerless, but he’s getting smarter by the day — a fact that should petrify anyone remaining in this event.

Wilko gets exposed, Hiroto defeats Goliath
So I’ve got Evan G. on my Fantasy team, and I must say, when I saw he’d drawn Wilko in round two, I was damn near ecstatic. In three-foot, jumbled, split-peak surf, Evan is a straight-up better surfer than Wilko. Maybe it’s the Florida thing, maybe it’s the air thing, or maybe it’s the fact that Evan has superior fundamentals in anything that’s not a right-hand point, but either way I knew Wilko would be exposed by Evan’s speed and technical brilliance. Once Wilko realized the long, strong right wasn’t coming, he resorted to last(fin)-ditch efforts that looked flimsy and junioresque, so he lost.

In the same vein, Hiroto used his impeccable form (that bottom turn!) and diminutive stature to blitz a long, lanky Owen, whose backhand surfing has become metronomically boring. 

Josh Kerr refuses to lose (and for good reason)
I’ve been trying to get an interview with Josh for a month now. The topic? His inexplicably dismal 2017 season. Some of my texts have been answered with “not today’s” and “how about next week’s”, but others, well, let’s just say the thread is a lot more blue than white. So is Josh dodging my ego-deflating questions, or is he really just that busy? Maybe, just maybe, it’s a stalling technique… If I just wait long enough, he might be thinking, I’ll start winning again, in which case the story will no longer hold any value! Or maybe he’s just busy.

Josh had a big W in round two (that carving 3!), but I still want my interview.

Parko’s demise
Can we have a moment of silence for the surfer that was once Joel Parkinson? I would say Joel is a shell of his former self, but to be perfectly frank, today’s version of JP retained no structural resemblance to the Parko of yore. After two less-than-ten-point performances at the world’s most rippable wave, Joel is but a kernel of his former self.

But, really, who gives a fuck? He’s got a title, he’s positively influenced a generation, and most importantly, he’s (likely) escaping the circus with one of those “lifetime” Billabong contracts. It’s all gravy!

Hurley Pro Round One Results:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza 14.50, Miguel Pupo 9.67, Wiggolly Dantas 6.90
Heat 2: Julian Wilson 13.27, Caio Ibelli 10.90, Jadson Andre 10.84
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores 14.40, Owen Wright 12.63, Josh Kerr 11.17
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge 13.43, Matt Wilkinson 10.20, Ethan Ewing 6.33
Heat 5: John John Florence 16.07, Italo Ferreira 15.90, Hiroto Ohhara 12.40
Heat 6: Jordy Smith 13.23, Ian Gouveia 10.70, Evan Geiselman 9.76
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina 13.67, Nat Young 13.03, Adrian Buchan 9.30
Heat 8: Conner Coffin 14.67, Stu Kennedy 6.67, Joel Parkinson 4.66
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo 17.60, Leonardo Fioravanti 15.86, Joan Duru 14.07
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz 16.83, Connor O’Leary 9.26, Kanoa Igarashi 7.90
Heat 11: Frederico Morais 14.90, Jack Freestone 12.34, Kolohe Andino 8.13
Heat 12: Mick Fanning 14.10, Ezekiel Lau 13.43, Michel Bourez 13.00

Hurley Pro Round 2 (Heats 1 – 4) Results:
Heat 1: Evan Geiselman 15.50 def. Matt Wilkinson 12.96
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara 15.73 def. Owen Wright 15.43
Heat 3: Ethan Ewing 11.03 def. Joel Parkinson 9.07
Heat 4: Josh Kerr 16.50 def. Connor O’Leary 13.00
 
Hurley Pro Remaining Round 2 (Heats 5 – 12) Match-Ups:

Heat 5: Kolohe Andino vs. Jadson Andre 
Heat 6: Michel Bourez vs. Miguel Pupo
Heat 7: Joan Duru vs. Nat Young 
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan vs. Stuart Kennedy
Heat 9: Wiggolly Dantas vs. Leonardo Fioravanti
Heat 10: Caio Ibelli vs. Kanoa Igarashi 
Heat 11: Italo Ferreira vs. Jack Freestone 
Heat 12: Ian Gouveia vs. Ezekiel Lau 

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Come Meet The Kids Who Are Sending Stab High Into The Future!

Snowboarders, corelords and curators of the culture.

Jun 23, 2024

Live Now: Finals Day At Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

The freshwater feud for Pro, Ladybird, and Bottle Rocket champion starts now.

Jun 22, 2024

Albee Layer Reluctantly Escapes Sudden-Death Round On Final Wave Of The Day, Advances to Day 2 of Stab High Japan 

“I just want to do my fucking wave, and then go home”

Jun 22, 2024

“Relax, It’s A Surf Contest In A Swimming Pool”

Our attempt at an unbiased comp wrap from afar, on Day One of Stab High…

Jun 22, 2024

Rasta Robb Gutter Stomps Backside Full-Rote, Scores a 3/50

Why wasn’t the reigning champ rewarded in heat 1 of Stab High Japan?

Jun 22, 2024

Full Replay: Day 1 of Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

Click to watch (or rewatch) today's Qualifier and Sudden Death rounds.

Jun 21, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About The Most ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ Wave in the Mentawais

Tips from longtime HTs devotee, Liam Turner.

Jun 21, 2024

“You’re An Elite Freesurfer, I’m Just A Vlogger, Surely You Can Take Me Out”

King of Waco calls out Aussie freesurfers on Stab High live stream.

Jun 21, 2024

Please Don’t Do A Superman At Stab High Japan, Presented By Monster Energy 

Breaking down the best and worst airs, according to the stats. 

Jun 20, 2024

355 Days Later, We Still Don’t Know What Elo Did In Brazil

But here's your 2024 Rio Pro preview.

Jun 20, 2024

JJF + Medina To Continue Rampages In Brazil?

12x CT event winner and previous SITD pilot Taj Burrow says 'yes'.

Jun 19, 2024

Allow Us To Introduce The YETI Ladybirds And Bottle Rockets Of Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

Here's our schoolyard pick for teams; who will win the most cred at the lunch…

Jun 17, 2024

Prediction: Moving The WSL Finals To Fiji Will Kill Off Two More Surfing Superstars

Is this JJF's time to collect his titles? We checked the stats.

Jun 17, 2024

Confirmed: Fiji To Host 2025 WSL Finals

Cloudbreak will remain on tour until 2026.

Jun 17, 2024

What’s The Secret To Powersurfing?

Taylor Knox, Kyuss King, and Jessi Miley-Dyer tackle a trio of questions in our third…

Jun 16, 2024

How To Win Stab High Japan, Presented By Monster Energy

A statistical analysis of the 493 airs attempted in previous chlorinated editions.

Jun 16, 2024

Watch: An Intimate Portrait Of The Wave, Village, And People At The End Of The Road

Oxbow’s ‘Children of Teahupo’o’ is playing exclusively on Stab Premium for the next two weeks. 

Jun 15, 2024

Fuck It, Run The Entire CT In Indo

A historic beginning to the Indonesian dry season.

Jun 14, 2024
Advertisement
JUNE 22 & 23
-2 Days
18 Hours
29 Minutes
14 Seconds
Join Stab Premium