Shotgun interviews with the Hurley Pro king and prince.
ON BEING FIFTH IN THE WORLD: "All my friends joke about it. It's like I'm always fifth. I put more effort into getting my swerve on to win this event than any other this year."
ON KOLOHE: "He ruined my Euro leg last year. He killed me in France and Portugal. I'm really good friends with him and I wanted to see him do well so… it's horrible when you hear who you have to compete against. I think about it all the time."
ON EXPERIENCE: Priority exchanges when the waves are small are crucial. I have to put the blinkers on for the heats. Every little moment, you can easily make a mistake, no matter who you are. Even if you're a veteran with the best strategy."
ON THE JORDY SEMI-FINAL HASSLE: "It was rough. I hate hassling but I'm proud of that one. I put a lot of effort into being in the right spot."
ON PREPARATION: "I got to Trestles two weeks before it started and got 18 boards off Mayhem (Matt Biolos). You need a magic board to win. I'm glad I didn't lose first heat. Matt'd be, 'Damn, why did I make him 18 boards!'"
ON TRESTLES: Surfing's playground.
ON THE FURY OF A HEAT WITH FELIPE TOLEDO: "I think that was our first heat together. That was the hardest draw I could've had. But, at the same time, I want to be the best and beat the best guys. Felipe is strong. I knew it would take a lot. All my scores kept dropping behind his. I was behind until my last wave. I stuffed up the first. And then I got a second go. I was lucky to scrape through."
ON THAT FRONTSIDE AIR WITH TOES ON THE NOSE: "I caught my board by my tippy toes."
ON PRESSURE HEATS: "I have to keep thinking of the big picture and my goals and to keep telling myself not to get caught up in the moment. To keep moving forward."
ON HOW THE TOUR LOOKS FROM THE TOP 10: "It looks like I've still got some climbing to do. I really want to get back in the top 10."