Power surfing at the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro

May 5, 2011 | Surfing
Jadson Andre: hang on in there, dude

Jadson Andre, Tanner Gudauskas and Gabriel Medina were the standout surfers of the second days of the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro, held in clean one-to-three foot waves, at Lower Trestles, San Onofre State Beach.

High scores and aerial mode moves were being shown every minute with several of the world’s best surfers battling hard for more points to their ASP World Ranking.

Andre locked a nearly-flawless 9.87 out of 10 with an impressive combination of powerful carves before pulling out his signature, frontside air-reverse to add to his 8.60 for the highest heat total of the event (18.47 out of 20).

"I knew it was going to be a tough heat because Caio (Ibelli) is one of the best juniors in the world and Miguel (Pupo) has been surfing so well lately and Austin (Ware) has been on the tour for a long time and I knew I had to go big," Andre said. "I just did three big carves and a big air."

Gudauskas slowly built momentum throughout his heat, notching an excellent score of 8.00 for a ferocious layback before unleashing a near-perfect 9.63 out of 10 by blasting a flurry of powerful backside turns on a long righthand wall.

"I really was just out to pasture when that wave came in and everyone slid right because I think they were looking to go left and I just got this chip from out the back,” Gudauskas said. “I felt like I got lucky with the waves I got. I didn’t have rhythm in the beginning and I got a wave, it was just like my last heat."

Gabriel Medina continued his strong form in Round 2 by putting on a progressive clinic with tail-drifting turns and airs on two steep Lowers lefthanders to earn two of the event’s highest scores of a 9.17 single wave score while dropping a 17.60 heat total to take a victory over ASP Dream Tour campaigners C.J. Hobgood and Dan Ross.

"I’m so stoked to get through and it was kind of hard to surf because the water is so cold," Medina said. "I got two good waves and I’m so stoked to be here at Lowers. I’ve been here twice and I just love it, it’s a really cool wave."

Running in conjunction with the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro will be the ASP 5-Star Oakley Pro Junior, which will see the 32-man field battle for the vital points on offer towards qualification for the elite ASP World Junior Tour.