Nike Lowers Pro Day 2 Highlights
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The second day of competition at the Nike Lowers Pro saw a slight deterioration of conditions from yesterday’s perfection, but still proved extremely rippable as some of the most progressive surfers in the world took to the cobblestone point. Standouts today included the likes of John Florence, Nat Young, and Taylor Knox.
Pictured: Taylor Knox (USA), 40, posted the highest single-wave score on day two of Nike Lowers Pro competition, 9.57 out of 10, with his patented forehand carve.
LOWER TRESTLES, San Clemente, California (Wednesday, May 2, 2012) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME Nike Lowers Pro returned to the high-performance pointbreak of Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California in two-to-four foot waves today. In an event often dominated by aerials, today’s action saw power-surfers earn the day’s top scores amidst standout performances from an array of international competitors.
Taylor Knox (Carlsbad, CA), 40, has infamously struggled with wave-starved heats at Lower Trestles over the years and his Round 2 heat at the Nike Lowers Pro proved to be no different. In the dying minutes of the heat, a flurry of waves graced the Lowers lineup and Knox wasted little time, carving up the highest single-wave score of the day with his signature arcing turns of 9.57 out of 10 en route to his Round 2 victory.
“I have the most restarts in ASP history at this spot,” Knox said. “I don’t know how to explain it because I really love this wave and it doesn’t want to love me back. I guess it loved me today. Luckily today it gave me something at the end.”
Knox also gave a shout out to a fallen comrade, and fellow Southern Californian, the legend, Junior Seau who passed away yesterday. Rest in peace Junior. You will be missed.
Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA), 26, who has taken a hiatus from full-time competition, set the pace for the day with his signature style of spontaneous power-carves and explosive aerials during the day’s opening heat to take a commanding Round 1 win with at 17.36 out of 20 heat total.
“I’m really stoked to be able to compete here,” Reynolds said. “I like this wave a lot and everybody gets to actually surf. It’s an easy wave to surf and this year, I’m just choosing events where I really like the wave. This is definitely one of them.”
Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 26, started strong at his local break of Lower Trestles to take a dominant Round 1 win with powerful forehand surfing.
“I was stoked to get those waves early because it seemed to stop breaking for about 20 minutes,” Gudauskas said. “I got that nice little victory lap at the end and I’m stoked to just get my feet in motion.”
Gudauskas capitalized on his local advantage of the Lower Trestles lineup, but admits there is often additional pressure that comes along with competing at home.
“I think you put added pressure on yourself for sure when competing at home,” Gudauskas said. “All of your friends and family are down here and you want to surf as well as you can. At the same time I like feeding off of that and it’s so nice to be at home and surfing in your back yard. I don’t feel much pressure this year, last year I did, but this year I’m not feeling pressured.”
Images via Nikelowerspro.com photographed by Hilleman. The Nike Lowers Pro holds a waiting period from May 1 through 5, 2012 and will be webcast LIVE at www.nikelowerspro.com