ASP World Tour 2010 Stop No.6: Hurley Pro Trestles
The 2010 ASP World Tour is sporting a new competition format at this year's Hurley Pro Trestles. With the midyear reduction out of the way, the ASP World Title is the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Hurley Pro Trestles is the only permanent ASP World Tour event in all of North America and will premiere the brand-new 36-man competition format.
Former ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning, is currently held up at ASP World No. 6 and besides a Runner-Up finish at Bells Beach in early April, the Australian is still waiting for an event to go his way.
“The first few events, I made a couple of mistakes in wave selection and they were the things that I would lose the heat with," said Fanning. "I felt in Tahiti everything was going well and I didn't make mistakes, but was just pipped by an in-form Andy Irons. You have to keep your chin up and stay positive.”
Despite Fanning's disappointment with the results so far, this season is eerily reminiscent of the 2009 season, which saw Fanning start with a win at Hurley Pro Trestles and dominate the second half of the year.
“I love surfing Trestles as it is such a high performance wave,” Fanning said. “It allows you to really mix up your surfing. I had a really good session there during the US Open so hopefully I can hit that form again.”
Taj Burrow, current ASP World No. 3, has been one of the most innovative and progressive surfers in the world for well over a decade, and he has very high hopes for the upcoming event.
“Very excited about the events ahead,” Burrow said. “It's a strong leg of the tour for me and I’m planning on doing the best surfing of my year. I don't want to leave close heats in the hands of the judges. I want to win convincingly.”
Holding a strong lead throughout the season's first three events, Burrow should still be considered a signifcant threat when it comes to the ASP World Title.
“I want to win the World Title of course but my immediate goal and most important one is to surf my absolute best in every heat at every location,” Burrow said.
For the first time in the history of the sport, the ASP will unveil its new 36-man format at the Hurley Pro Trestles.
ASP World Tour 36-Man Format:
Round 1: 12 three-man heats, 1st advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2
Round 2: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 3, 2nd is Equal 25th place
Round 3: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 4, 2nd is Equal 13th place
Round 4: Four 3-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5
Round 5: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd is Equal 9th Quarterfinals: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Semifinals, 2nd is Equal 5th Semifinals: Two man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Finals, 2nd is Equal 3rd
Final: One man-on-man heat, 1st and 2nd
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For the first time in three years, Andy Irons from Hawaii has fought himself to the top and won a competition. The sweet taste of victory is something that Irons will never forget.
Whitaker thought that the 2010 season was over for him after the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but now he is back as the first replacement of this year's ASP World Tour.