WORLD CHAMPIONS LAYNE BEACHLEY, LISA ANDERSEN AND SOFIA MULANOVICH
TO BATTLE IN HERITAGE SERIES HEAT DURING SWATCH WOMEN’S PRO
– SURFING ICONS SHAUN TOMSON, WAYNE “RABBIT” BARTHOLOMEW, SIMON ANDERSON, MICHAEL HO AND CHEYNE HORAN TO MATCH-UP IN HERITAGE SERIES EXPRESSION SESSION DURING HURLEY PRO
– SUPPORTED BY LEGENDS MARK “MR” RICHARDS, “PT” TOWNEND AND IAN CAIRNS ON THE BROADCAST
– MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM
World Champions Lisa Andersen, Sofia Mulanovich and Layne Beachley will compete in a Heritage Series Heat during the Swatch Women’s Pro.
SURFNEWSNETWORK (Tuesday, September 1, 2015) – The famed cobblestone break of Lower Trestles will host the world’s best surfers for the upcoming Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro, which hold a competitive window of September 9 – 20, 2015.
Alongside the WSL Top 34 and Top 17 the events will see a return of the WSL Heritage Series with a women’s heat and a men’s expression session. The WSL Heritage Series, which is designed to celebrate and honor the icons of the sport, will recommence at Lower Trestles for the first time this season.
The first-ever women’s Heritage Series event will see three World Champions and icons of the sport, Layne Beachley, Lisa Andersen and Sofia Mulanovich, take to the water during the Swatch Women’s Pro for a historic battle.
Beachley, from Manly, New South Wales, Australia, won a record breaking seven World Titles during her career, and is the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive titles, which she did between 1998 and 2003.
Andersen, who at the age of 14 moved to Huntington Beach, California to pursue her dream of becoming a professional surfer, is a four-time World Champion and earned four consecutive World Titles from 1994 to 1997 before retiring from competition in 2002.
Mulanovich from Lima, Peru, became the first South American to win a World Title when she became World Champion in 2004. Mulanovich competed on the Championship Tour until 2012 when she retired.
“Being invited to surf in the Heritage Series with Lisa and Layne is a huge honor for me; it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Mulanovich said.
The event will also include a Heritage Series Expression Session where five legendary male surfers will showcase their extraordinary skills during the Hurley Pro at Trestles. The heat will feature surfing icons Shaun Tomson, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Simon Anderson, Michael Ho and Cheyne Horan. They will be supported on the broadcast by surfing legends Mark “MR” Richards, “PT” Townend and Ian “Kanga” Cairns.
“Watching these surfers at Lowers in the Heritage Series will be a trip down memory lane as these living legends show us that the stoke for surfing never dies,” said Cairns.
The Hurley Pro will see Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan and Michael Ho showcase their skills in a Heritage Series Expression Session.
1978 World Champion Bartholomew from Australia’s Gold Coast served as the President of the ASP (now WSL), has been involved in the sport of surfing for nearly 40 years and is a pioneer of professional surfing.
Tomson, South African surfing legend and 1977 World Champion, retired from the professional circuit in 1989 but remains a prominent figure in the global surfing scene, adding environmentalist, filmmaker, author and businessman to his list of talents.
Anderson, originally from Narrabeen, Australia, is a talented shaper who developed the Thruster, a three-fin board design, and went on to win three events in 1981 on the thruster, finishing third in the world that year.
Ho, from Oahu, Hawaii, has a fearless approach to big surf, is a Pipe Masters Champion and a two-time winner of the coveted Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title (1983 and 1985).
Horan, from Bondi Beach, Australia, is best known for his early aerial surfing, big wave charging, unconventional equipment and for being four-time runner-up for the World Title.
The Heritage Series Heat and Expression Session will have opportunity to run at any point during the competition window.
Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) and Ian Crane (USA) have earned the wildcards for the men’s event after winning the Hurley Pro Trials in July. Ohhara will face three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and defending event winner Jordy Smith (ZAF) in Heat 5 of Round 1 and Crane will take on ratings leader Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Adam Melling (AUS) in Heat 6.
Hurley Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Ian Crane (USA)
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Swatch Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)