LOWER TRESTLES, CA (HawaiiNewsNow) – After three consecutive lay-days the ASP World Tour surfing action at the HURLEY PRO re-commenced in clean 1.5 metre (3- 5ft) waves at Lower Trestles today.
Perennial champion Taylor Knox(Carlsbad, USA) won a one sided affair against Roy Powers (HAW), the pair forced to wait it out in inconsistent and cold conditions that caused a double restart to their heat. Super-fit, 39 year-old KNOX, opened with two solid scores an 8.50 and a 6.00 to finish with the days highest heat total of 14.50 out of a possible 20.
World No. 23, Knox is coming off consecutive 33rds in South Africa and Tahiti, but rebounded today in spectacular fashion, applying his world-renowned rail work to Lower Trestles' idyllic walls. Knox will battle Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, in Round 3 of competition.
POWERS failed to find any scores of consequence to be bundled out of the Hurley Pro in equal 25th.
HAWAIIAN tour rookie DUSTY PAYNE (Maui) dominated the battle of the young guns to advance over FRENCH star JEREMY FLORES. Twenty-year old PAYNE found his rhythm early whereas FLORES, 22, made some uncharacteristic mistakes to be forced to settle for an equal 25th placing – the lowest possible in the new ASP format.