+ Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro +
I spent the majority of last week up at Trestles for the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro doing some filming. Sadly I’m not allowed to post any of the video I took during the contest, but I did manage to take a ton of photos during the free surf sessions and some of the heats as well. The surf was pretty small throughout the week, but that didn’t stop the worlds best pro and pro junior surfers from flaring up on the playful rights and lefts of Lowers. It was a really exciting contest…I’m looking forward to the Hurley Pro in September!
Jack Freestone throws a nice backside reverse on the Lowers left. The first couple days of the contest saw beautiful blue skies and light offshores in the morning.
Tanner Gudauskas was on fire throughout the whole event. Unfortunately he narrowly lost to Miguel Pupo in the dying minutes of the final.
Pat Gudauskas was flaring up on the Lowers rights with his patented tail throws.
Yadin Nicol was one of the standouts during the early morning free surf sessions with some huge power carves.
Jesse Mendes was also killing it throughout the whole event. He lost out to Tanner Gudauskas in the semi’s.
Not to be outdone by the progressive surfing of all the groms, Taylor Knox knows how to throw tail when necessary.
Jadson Andre with his patented inverted reverse (which he pulled)
Local boy Taylor Clark basically lives on the Lowers lefts during summer…and it shows.
CJ Hobgood with his standard no-grab punt. I’ve seen him throw these probably a thousand times at Lowers…and he rides away clean every time.
It’s no surprise that local boy Kolohe Andino was on fire throughout the Pro Junior and the 6.0 comp. Unfortunately he couldn’t quite find a rhythm on the final day
Evan Geiselman was looking great out there as well…he was my favorite to win the Oakley Pro Junior but sadly lost out in the quarters to an on-fire Kolohe.
…and my favorite to win the 6.0 contest was 17 year old Gabriel Medina. He was on point all the way through round 5 where he lost to fellow Brazilian Jesse Mendes.
Charlie Martin warming up during the dawn patrol session on day 1.
Last but certainly not least, the 2011 Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro champion, Miguel Pupo with a HUGE punt on day 2 of the contest (which he pulled perfectly).