The world’s best surfers return to Southern California this week for Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Hurley Pro at Trestles, running from September 16 – 22, 2012.
Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009) and current frontrunner on the ASP WCT rankings, has been on a rampage in 2012. The powerful Australian’s comprehensive approach has seen him collect victories at Bells Beach and Teahupo’o as well as Equal 3rd place finishes in Rio de Janeiro and Fiji, placing him firmly in the frontrunner position in the hunt for the 2012 crown.
“My approach really hasn’t been altered since the start of the season to tell you the truth,” Fanning said. “We are only halfway through the year and there is a lot of surfing to be done. I’m still working as hard as day one of the year and I keep trying to improve myself and my surfing.”
2012 has indeed been a banner year for Fanning, a stark contrast to last season when the Australian struggled with consistency. While 2011 didn’t go to plan for Fanning, one of the highlights was his experimentation with equipment and different shapers which ultimately reignited his passion for surfing and his competitive hunger.
Winner of the 2009 Hurley Pro at Trestles, Fanning is well familiar with the high-performance capabilities of Lower Trestles and is looking forward to this year’s competition.
“I love this event as it really shows the different approaches everyone has,” Fanning said. “I think you need a good mix of power surfing and air antics at Lower Trestles as anything less just isn’t going to cut it. Obviously everyone in the Top 5 have been surfing great and will push hard. Gabe Medina had a great event at the Nike Prime here in April and he will be one to watch for sure.”
The ASP’s storied history at Lower Trestles stretches back over a decade now with the ASP WCT event being supported by Billabong, then Boost Mobile and now Hurley. The list of event winners is as prestigious as the event itself and include: Andy Irons (HAW), Luke Egan (AUS), Richie Lovett (AUS), Joel Parkisnon (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS) and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA).
Slater has proven the most dominant surfer ever at Lower Trestles, amassing an incredible five ASP WCT wins at the venue. The Floridian is currently seated 4th on the ASP WCT rankings and will need a solid result at Trestles to reignite his 2012 campaign.
Joining the ASP Top 34 will be North American standouts Conner Coffin (USA), 19, and Evan Geiselman (USA), 18, as event wildcards.