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Hurley Pro forecast: Big surf for the finals and big money to the winner

September 9, 2009 | 11:50 am

Burrow

The Hurley Pro forecast in a nutshell: OK surf at the beginning of a contest that starts Sunday at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, followed by a substantial drop Tuesday and Wednesday, and a building swell toward the end of next week.

The early forecast is courtesy of Surfline, which is monitoring a storm off Antarctica and will have a clearer picture in a few days.

Sean Collins at Surfline anticipates the swell building the afternoon of Sept. 17, which bodes well for the final two days of the ASP World Tour contest -- the only World Tour contest on the U.S. mainland. The last day of the competition window is Sept. 19.

Here's another forecast sure to please the top competitors: Big money will flow.

The Hurley Pro will announce later today that it will set ASP records by offering an overall purse of $400,000 and a first-prize enticement of $100,000. (The recent U.S. Open awarded $100,000 to the winner but a smaller overall purse.)

Said contest director Pat O'Connell: "We don't do a lot of big surf events, but the ones we do, we want to make sure it's the best experience possible for the athletes and fans. Having this elevated prize purse adds to the excitement both on the beach and in the water, so it's worth it for us."

The Hurley Pro features the world's top 45 surfers and three wild cards: Brett Simpson, Rob Machado and World Junior Champion Kai Barger. Simpson, who lives in Huntington Beach and hopes to qualify for the 2010 World Tour, won the U.S. Open.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Australia's Taj Burrow goes airborne during the 2008 Boost Mobile Pro, now named the Hurley Pro. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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