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Ace Buchan surfs to 3rd place at the Hurley Pro at Trestles

Ace Buchan

p: Miller / Moran

After a slow and langorous start to the to Hurley Pro at Trestles, the 8th stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour, the end of the week heated up quickly, with Dragon’s Adrian “Ace” Buchan putting down a 3rd place performance.

The Australian goofy footer stumbled out of the gate in round 1, ending up 3rd in his heat, luckily he would rebound in round 2 to take the win over Stu Kennedy. In the make-or-break round 3, Ace torched Wiggolly Dantas en route to a Round 4 berth. Failing to win his heat, Ace again rebounded quickly with a Round 5 win over Jadson Andre to set up a quarterfinal berth with former world champion Adriano De Souza. After narrowly edging De Souza out, Ace ran into Jeep Tour Leader and eventual runner up, Jordy Smith.

The 3rd place—Ace’s best since a 2nd place finish at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil—sees Buchan vault up the rankings into a respectable 12th place, distancing himself from relegation.

The rest of Dragon’s surfers—Mick Fanning, Evan Geiselman, & Owen Wright—finished  13th, 13th and 25th, respectively. The World Tour heads to France next for the Quiksilver Pro. For more on the WSL Championship Tour, visit worldsurfleague.com.

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Michael Dunphy on his latest, Collective Chaos

Hailing from Virginia Beach, Michael Dunphy recently spent his summer in Orange County, getting his fill of Lowers. We asked the young shred a few questions, but make sure you watch his latest effort, all filmed at the famed San Clemente surf zone.

Dragon Alliance: You grew up out East, how does a place like Lowers compare to some of your local haunts?
Michael Dunphy: To be honest, Virginia Beach is pretty much never comparable to Lowers. Maybe one or two days a year we will get waves somewhat comparable to a Lowers wave. That’s why you’ll always find me down there if I’m in CA. [laughs]

DA: How did you find the crowds in SoCal? Does it compare to VB? A lot of the shots don’t look too too crowded?
MD: Yeah, the crowds in SoCal, in general, in and out of the water can be pretty hectic. You really have to time your sessions at Lowers or the crowd can just drive you crazy.

DA: 12 rights and 1 left in the video. You have something against surfing left?
MD: Ask any regular footer and it’s hard to turn away from those rights when they are doing their thing!

DA: I know the video focuses on San Clemente, but were there other spots in Cali you liked?
MD: I was always enjoy surfing Newport and [Huntington Beach] as well, but for video, lowers is really the best spot to get stuff done.

DA: You just got to Europe, what’s the overall plan for the trip?
MD: Yeah! doing two 6-Star events and one 10-Star event… Two in Portugal and one in Spain.

DA: You’re from the East, lived west this summer, and are in Europe currently. Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever surfed other than at home?
MD: I love surfing in the Caribbean. It’s close to home, the water is nuclear blue and there are places you can go with no surfers around.

DA: Based on your experience here this past summer, would you move back?
MD: Definitely! I always spend my summers in Orange County. Fun waves, lots of friends and plenty of pretty girls… 🙂

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