There are a host of major surf contests that take place in the USA throughout the summer and fall. We’ve picked out 3 of the biggest and taken a look at the boards that guided the winners to victory!
Hurley Pro @ Trestles
Perhaps the biggest and most important surf contest of the year in the US is the Hurley Pro (a stop on the ASP world tour). This year saw smaller conditions than normal and Taj Burrow beat out Julian Wilson in the final, putting on a show and taking the win. He did it on a cross between his two …Lost pro models: the Taj Whiplash and the Taj Beach Buggy.
We asked Matt Biolos to share the details on Taj’s winning stick and he told us, “It’s a 5’10 x 18.38″ x 2.25″ with low volume rails…coming in at 24.50 liters. The board is a TB Whip with a bit of Beach Buggy mixed in. The rocker of the whip but the bit wider tail block of the BB.”
With most of our in stock Beach Buggy and Whiplash boards coming in around the 28L – 30L mark (better sizing for us regular surfers) – it’s definitely a shape worth checking out! According to Taj, “My board kept getting better and better and it felt great towards the end. That’s how you want to win an event, peak at the right time.”
US Open of Surfing
Back in August Alejo Muniz won the Vans US Open of Surfing in CA. His stick of choice was a new model that Matt Biolos (…Lost) had been working on called the “V2 Shortboard”. The dimensions were 5’11” x 18′ 1/4″ and at the time the board was unavailable. Fortunately for all of us – the V2 Shortboard is here and ready to ride (we’ve got a whole stack of them in stock!).
Carissa Moore won the women’s side of the US Open of Surfing on a 5’8″ – 18.63 – 2.18 Lost SubScorcher 2 squash tail Hydroflex surfboard!
The O’Neill CWC is a speciality ASP event that this year included mostly unsponsored surfers competing for the grand prize of a $50,000 year long sponsorship with O’Neill.
This year Torrey Meister won the Cold Water Classic at Steamer Lane on his 5’11” Roberts Black Punt. The Black Punt is a favorite for Roberts team riders because it’s a high performance shortboard that still has solid paddle power!