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Stab’s Picks for the Hurley Pro Video Trials (round one)

The Hurley Video Trials are into the business end of round one. And, we’ve picked our favourites. Hate ’em, rate ’em, we don’t mind – these are our feels. (watch all the video heats here) **** Dusty Payne vs Caio IbelliStab pick: Dusty Payne Purely for the fact that Dusty’s two clips are late-2000s judging criteria and […]

news // Mar 8, 2016
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The Hurley Video Trials are into the business end of round one. And, we’ve picked our favourites. Hate ’em, rate ’em, we don’t mind – these are our feels.

(watch all the video heats here)



Dusty Payne vs Caio Ibelli
Stab pick: Dusty Payne

Purely for the fact that Dusty’s two clips are late-2000s judging criteria and Caio’s are late-90s three-to-the-beach criteria. What?



Messias Felix vs Albee Layer
Stab pick: Albee Layer

We do like Messias’ entry. But, he’s in the unfortunate position of having come up against one of the biggest no-grab frontside airs ever done. This alone makes Albee Layer, without question, unbeatable in this round.



Jay Davies vs Stuart Kennedy
Stab pick: Jay Davies

Fact: Stu’s reo to reverse combo, and safe-grab frontside swing don’t stand up to Jay’s huge slob throw and powerful backside work. Them’s the breaks.



Yago Dora vs Ian Gentil
Stab pick: Yago Dora

Props to Ian and his smoothness, but Lowers is what we’re trying out for here, not a pointbreak, and Yago is the man who’s gonna be more exciting at the skatepark.



Jack Freestone vs Cam Richards
Stab pick: Jack Freestone

Jack’s first wave is a little meh, but that backside roter? To the flats, and settled nicely. Cam’s frontside roter is undoubtedly impressive, but does Cam Richards need any help from us? No. He has the permanently-scrunched forehead of Will Smith’s offspring in his corner. So, #votejack. Oh, but wait, Jack dates Alana Blanchard, surfing’s most Insta-famous personality! Hmmm. Yup, still Jack.



Matt Banting vs Carlos Munoz
Stab pick: Matt Banting

We adore Carlos like the deserts dig the rains, and those backhand blasts on wave two almost sealed this. But Banting’s two waves, as a set, are undeniably polished and consistent. Nobody’s fucking with Matt’s backside roter on wave one, either.



Torrey Meister vs Ian Crane
Stab pick: Ian Crane

The pepper Ian puts into the bottom turn before his first hit is one of those overlooked nuances we love. And the control he carries through both waves is impressive. Torrey gets extra props for sticking the backside roter with the distraction of a paddler in close proximity, and his two frontside finners are #doingwork, but Ian inches this round for us.



Patrick Gudauskas vs Alex Chacon
Stab pick: Pat Gudauskas

Have frontside air reverses lost their heft, even when done as a transition? Perhaps a little. Patty’s style ups his points on wave one over Al’s style on wave two, despite the transition air reverse in question. Therefore, what we’re really left to judge here is a Kerrupt vs a Rodeo. And, wait… are rodeos already throwback cool? Shit, they kinda are. Controversial!


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