Caption: 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.
Image: WSL[/caption] 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. The Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles hold a competitive window of September 9 – 20, 2015 and will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com]]>