Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro

Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro

Posted on May 04, 2010 by in Surf Report

In light of the big changes that took place this year on the ASP World Tour, all of the lower seeded Star and PRIME contests have been filled with the top guys from the dream tour, which has really shaken things up. The ASP wanted to draw more attention to the less noticed events on the tour, which is ultimately why they implemented these changes for 2010. It was time for a change… and that’s just what they got. Now that there’s a one world ranking system, the top 45 are no longer in a league of their own on the dream tour. They are now battling it out on a list of 100 frothing young competitors doing anything they can to get into the top 32 after the 5th contest cut off at Teahupoo,Tahiti.
Dillon Perillo / photo: Hilleman
Evan Geiselman / photo: Hilleman

In fact 36 elite World Tour surfers have shown up looking for lucrative points to maintain their rankings in the new one world ranking system. To put it into perspective, last year there were only 8 World Tour surfers who showed up for the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. It’s obvious their tactics worked. And much to the delight of contest goers, and the hundreds of thousands who sit in front their computers watching the live stream via the web.

So be sure to check out the event LIVE first thing tomorrow morning. Heat one looks to be a scorcher with Fredrick Pattacchia (HAW), Pablo Paulino (BRA), Andre Silva (BRA) and Julian Wilson (AUS) doing battle.
Evan Geiselman / photo: Hilleman

History of the wave at lower trestles Courtesy nike6lowerspro.com
There have been two key flashpoints in the history of competitive surfing at the infamous Lower Trestles. The first came in 1989 when a long-haired local named Christian Fletcher became the first person in history to win a contest solely on his aerial mastery. Sure, others had done airs in contests, but Fletcher proved that it was a viable way to surf. Almost 20 years later, and if you don’t have an air reverse or alley-oop in your repertoire you might as well not even show up at the beach. Fletcher’s antics caused quite a scene at the time, ruffling more than just the feathers of a conservative older guard, but, just like today, the kids loved it.

And then there was the coming out of Kelly Slater the following year. The wonder kid from Florida had recently gone full-steam ahead into a much-anticipated professional career. And there, as documented in the now-historic Quiksilver flick Kelly Slater: Black and White, a young Slater proceeded to destroy everyone in his path. 17 years later in 2007 and the following year in 2008 at the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley, Slater reasserted his dominance on what most people call the most high performance wave in the world.

Both Jeff Booth and local boy Shane Beschen have dominated Lowers over the course of their careers, each winning this event three times. Booth was California’s highest rated surfer through most of the early ‘90s, and Beschen, who is three years his junior, picked up where Booth left off, both at Lowers and on the world stage. Andy Irons, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Tim Curran, and CJ Hobgood are also past winners at Lowers, and their multitude of successes beyond Lowers speaks for themselves.

Benny Bourgeois registered a win at the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro in 2008 the event has been riddled with Hawaiian champions. Fred Patacchia took home the WQS Prime title in 2009, Sebastian Zietz claimed the 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge North American Qualifier in firing three-to-four foot surf at Lower Trestles, then Kai Barger was the one to hoist the Oakley Pro Junior trophy in 2009.

Since then the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro at Lower Trestles has evolved into one of the most coveted prizes in mainland competitive surfing. There’s never been a shortage of talent at this 6-Star PRIME WQS showdown. With its wide-open faces, everyone turns it up a notch when they take off on a wave at Lowers. Thanks to the San Mateo State Park, the setting is idyllic California, and rest assured, be it from behind a computer or down on the cobblestone shore, the world is watching and waiting for another surfer to make history.

Now that the event has upgraded to a Six Star Prime along side the Oakley Pro Junior, expect to see the ASP’s top Junior, WQS and WCT surfers to show up, throw down, and create a new chapter in the surfing history books.

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