Kelly Slater has officially pulled out (we don’t know why) of this years Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Gavin Gillette has taken his spot.
From Kelly’s latest posting on Instagram it seemed as if Kelly was for sure going to make it…
VANS US OPEN MEN’S ROUND 1
Heat 1 Josh Kerr
Heat 5 CJ Hobgood, Ezekiel Lau
Heat 6 Tanner Gudauskas
Heat 7 Jack Freestone, Evan Geiselman
Heat 8 Jordy Smith, Dylan Graves
Heat 9 Matt Wilkinson
Heat 11 Pat Gudauskas
Heat 12 Kelly Slater
Heat 13 Nat Young, Dusty Payne
Heat 15 Dane Reynolds, Conner Coffin
Heat 17 Julian Wilson
Heat 19 Damien Hobgood
Heat 21 Sebastian Zietz
Heat 23 Brett Simpson
Heat 24 Kolohe Andino
We are hoping for a Dane Reynolds vs. Kolohe Andino final with Dane winning!!
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Kelly Slater and Paul Speaker (ASP CEO)
Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, Coco Ho, Julian Wilson, CJ Hobgood, and Greg Long
“Congrats to this badass human. @tannergud won the trials for the Lowers WCT #hurleypro yesterday. No more sitting on the cobblestone point and watching, It’s time to make it rain on the worlds best. Side note, when Tanner made the WCT a couple years back the ASP was than implementing the mid year cut off. He never got to surf the Lowers event. Now he’s in thanks to the legends at #hurley @patchy_o @ryanhurley #redemption” – Nate Yeomans
“Winner of the Hurley Pro Trials at Trails beach in San Clemente yesterday! He rode his 5-9 x 19 1/2 x 2 1/2 diamond tail #fredstubble. Tanner beat out 16 people to take the victory and even met and defeated his brother @patrickgud in the final.” – CI Surfboards
We have heard Dane Reynolds pulled a no show for the invite only trials – as only two surfers receives the wildcards into the Hurley Pro WCT (whoever wins the video trials and one who wins the surfing trials)
Joel Tudor having fun in the sun while longboarding
After months of collecting entries and weeks of deliberating, Hurley announced today the Top 16 contenders of its unique online wildcard contest: The Hurley Pro Video Trials. Public voting will commence on August 4 at thehurleypro.com, where an overall winner — decided solely by fans — will surf against the world’s best at the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles starting Sept. 9.
Hundreds of the world’s best up-and-coming surfers submitted entries for the first international installment of the video contest, which captured the imaginations of athletes, fans and celebrities worldwide last year thanks in large part to Dane Reynolds and Cam Richards’ heated social media campaigns.
Standout contestants for 2014 span the globe, and include Hawaii’s Dusty Payne, Australia’s Jack Freestone, Yago Dora from Brazil, Costa Rica’s Carlos Munoz and San Clemente heroes Pat and Tanner Gudauskas (the full bracket is published below). They will now compete for one coveted wildcard slot in the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles, Stop No. 8 on the ASP World Championship Tour.
A panel of judges – featuring Surf Icon Rob Machado, Big Wave Rider and Professional Coach Mike Parsons, top female surfer Lakey Peterson, HB Icon Brett Simpson and VP Surf Marketing Pat O’Connell – narrowed the selection down to the top 16 entries.
“There’s some crazy surfing in these clips — I’m really impressed by the level of entries,” said O’Connell. “We had to make some tough calls for the last few spots, but it’s now up to the fans to do their part. Whoever wins, we’ll have a wildcard who’s sure to put on a great performance at Lowers.”
Man-on-man “virtual heats” will take place online during the week of August 4, allowing fans to vote on the best surfer of each heat. There are four rounds in total, with one round running each day. The winner – who will become the tour’s only ASP WCT wildcard chosen by popular vote – will be announced August 8.