The Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles featured an all FCS II final with event winner Taj Burrow, and runner up Julian Wilson, both riding the new system. Having only been in the market a few months, this is the first official WCT win for FCS II, which signifies overwhelming confidence in the new system from the world’s best surfers.
FCS team riders featured heavily at the business end of the draw, as did the new FCS II system and the Essential Series fin range. Overall the new system has been quickly adopted by most of the FCS Global Team, along with many other tour competitors. Here’s a rundown on who was riding what…
Matty Wilko opted for the Accelerator medium template, as did Kieren Perrow, however being a little lighter KP geared down a size to the small template. Travis Logie was another surfer who rode the Accelerator template, firstly with the Origin system, and then with the FCS II system after switching boards.
Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo were pumped on the Performer Medium, as was CJ Hobgood who switched between the Performer and his trusty old GOODS-1 signature fin. Adriano also mixed things up from heat to heat, initially running the Performer medium before switching to the AM-2.
The Carver template was another popular fin. Kai Otton used the Carver large and made another impressive run at a win making it all the way to the quarterfinals. While Damien Hobgood was a little unlucky not to progress further than the second round riding the Carver medium.
New World Tour ratings leader Mick Fanning, Kolohe Andino, Jeremy Flores and event runner-up Julian Wilson were all riding prototypes of their new signature templates, all of which will be available as FCS II fins in the near future.
Nat Young was one of the standout goofy footers of the entire event riding Al Merrick’s large signature template, the G-AM. Nat has been riding the original FCS system, and is currently in transition mode with more and more boards starting to appear in his quiver fitted with the new FCS II system.
Eventual winner Taj Burrow was riding the FCS II system with the Accelerator medium template and looked threatening from his opening heat. After making the final on two other occasions it was great to see Taj eventually get the victory.
At last count 20 of the top 32 surfers in the world were riding FCS systems, and with new FCS II system now readily available that number is likely to increase.