Hurley and Pacific Wave’s 5th Annual Spring Fling went down this past Sunday at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz CA. Sunny skies and warm weather were replaced by chilly overcast skies and fog. Conditions were clean and waves contestable. Despite the brisk conditions, crowds gathered along the cliffs to cheer on, heckle and chant for their favorite surfers. Local and visiting competitors battled it out throughout the day, keeping the crowds fired up and focused on the action in the water. Catch all the action in the highlight video above -- special thanks to Kyle Buthman for putting it together. Photos: Derek Bahn
Big shout out to Mitch Crews (above) and Evan Geiselman, who both placed equal 5th this past weekend at the 6-Star event in Newcastle, Australia. The boys are now off to Western Australia for the Prime-rated ASP Drug Aware Pro, where they'll join Brett Simpson, Ace Buchan and Brian Toth in what's forecasted to be a week of perfect, big surf. Lots of ASP points are up for grab at the second Prime event of the year, so tune in here to cheer the boys on.
Hurley's Mitch Ross checks in from the ASP 6 Star Surfest event at Newcastle, Australia: Last night in conjunction with the Surfest event there was a big old fashioned surfer signing at one of Newcastle's best surf stores, Sandbah. The store is owned by former pro surfer, Rhys Smith, who played host to some of the biggest names in the game including Hurley team riders, Ace Buchan, Evan G and Mitch Crews. Our guys hung in the store with Taj, Parko and some other big names, signing hundreds of autographs for heaps of stoked-out groms.
So far at the Surfest event, Ace, Evan and Mitch have all advanced through to the Round of 16 — where Quarterfinal spots and big points are up for grabs. Tune in here to watch the action later today.
For the rest of 2012, Evan Geiselman and Mitch Crews will be partnering up on the road in hopes of qualifying for the Dream Tour in '13. After a few weeks off the grind the boys are back in action at the 6-Star event at Newcastle, The Mark Richards Pro — a great opportunity to pick up a solid result. So far, Evan's already through a heat and into the next round, while Mitch gets to surf his first heat against one of his best mates, Jack Freestone, when competition resumes. Also surfing at Newcastle are beach break standout Michael Dunphy and Ace Buchan, who's feeling good after his 5th last week on the Gold Coast. Watch all the live action, head over to surfest.com.
Our researchers are still looking into it, but initial observations indicate that there is a direct correlation between amount of swell and amount of Instagram sunset photos posted by members of the Hurley team. Yes, ever since the recent swells showed up it’s been more of Evan Geiselman ripping, Mitch Crews launching (above) and Rob Machado SUPing, than the faithful boredom-reducer known as Instagram. And the good news? There’s even more swell on the way! Photos: PK
Mitch Crews kept his hot streak alive, grabbing another semifinal finish down in (very) South Australia at the Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro 6-Star (how's that for a name?). Mitch couldn't get past a flaring Kolohe Andino, who went on to win the event. But with the result, Mitch has jumped from 63rd to 56th on the ASP One World Rankings. Don't be surprised if you see a late season Hawaii push these upcoming months. Also finishing strong were Evan Geiselman and Michael Dunphy, who went home with quarterfinal finishes. Nice work, boys!