Brett Simpson & Tanner Gudauskas Win the Hurley Pro Trials. You gotta love a wildcard entry, infiltrating an event and knocking out a fulltime CT’er, dashing the dreams of a World Title hopeful, and throwing a proverbial thorn in the side of the rankings. Nothing screams the WSL’s newest ‘un-scriptable’ slogan more.
Surfing as a wildcard in any CT is one of the best feelings. It is a “no lose" situation going up against the world’s best surfers with no qualification repercussion. I love knowing that so many people are watching the very heat you are surfing. Sometimes when you are deep in the QS jungle in a random round of 48 that it’s hard to believe anybody is watching, so I feel like I thrive and want to do something special knowing that it can make an impression or stoke someone up. And competing at home is the dream. The support from the community of San Clemente is unreal. Running down in your jersey and seeing all the crew that you surf with on every swell out there supporting you to go for it gets that fire burning bright.