Some fans brought their own surfboards and tried neighboring breaks during lulls in the action.
Others used different ways of passing the time.
The biggest crowds gathered around Kelly Slater, 44, the 11-time world champion. One fan asked him to balance a spinning basketball on a flip phone and Kelly obliged. There were countless requests for group photos and selfies.
After each day of the Hurley Pro there were endless opportunities to surf the areas surrounding Trestles. We tested a few. Those who live in nearby San Clemente enjoy these breaks year round.
Old Man's, where many in Southern California learned to surf.
One local surfer we encountered was 62-year-old Randy Pile, a professional musician who plays classical guitar and teaches at Saddleback College. His favorite spot is Trails, part of the San Onofre State Beach. Randy said he started surfing when he was 12 and had to stop at 17 because "I knew if I surfed I wouldn't go to class." He picked the sport up again in 1990 and now surfs 2-3 times a week. It's "addictive."
Randy Pile and his seven surfboards in San Clemente.