Miguel Pupo Wins the Nike Lowers Pro

Keanu Asing wins Oakley Pro Junior

| posted on May 07, 2011

Miguel Pupo takes home the win for Brazil at Lowers. Photo: Lowe-White

When 27 of the World Tour’s top 34 signed up to compete at the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro I bet they all had visions of mopping up the younger Prime Tour surfers on route to gaining some valuable OWR (one world ranking) points and a heap of cash. But after a week of sunshine and small, contestable surf, the outcome was very different. What transpired was a beat-down of epic proportions by the under-25 crowd.

In early rounds it looked like 17-year-old Kolohe Andino was on his way to the win as he completed the most difficult airs with ease and complimented them with some precise rail work. The wheels came off in the quarters as he suffered through the longest lull of the day. Unable to find his rhythm, Andino eventually lost to 18-year-old Jesse Mendes. Kolohe will be back though, and now that he is up in the top 100 of the OWR, he will be guaranteed a spot in the field for major Prime tour events.

In the Final, 22-year-old San Clemente local, Tanner Gudauskas, faced up against 19-year-old Miguel Pupo of Brazil. For the entire 40-minute final they went wave for wave with the winner not declared until after the final horn sounded and their final rides scored. The result: Miguel edged out Tanner by 0.06 of a point to claim the $40,000 check along with a gold railroad spike valued at $30,000.

Event Highlights:

Men’s Final:

Men’s Semifinal 2:

Men’s Semifinal 1:

Juniors’ Final:

Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Final Results:
1 – Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.63
2 – Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.57

Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.03 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.33
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.70 def. Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.67

Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 16.37 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.76
Heat 2: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.60 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.33
Heat 3: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 14.50 def. Junior Faria (BRA) 11.47
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.24 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.93

Oakley Pro Junior Final Results:
1 – Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.70
2 – Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.43
3 – Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.30
4 – Nat Young (USA) 11.53

Oakley Pro Junior Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.00, Jack Freestone (USA) 9.73, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.37
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 14.77, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.47, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.73, Andrew Doheny (USA) 9.14

  • Whamo

    Tanner should have won. They overscored the Brazilian. How could he get such a high score for skating across a ten inch wave?

    • Adji

      Miguel P was very sorry for taking the gold spike from the local Tanner. You can manipulate the media but you can not change the past. Nike 6.0 was a great show !

      • Sheapez

        Yes, it was a very good show.

    • Paul

      Tell me, how he managed to move forward during the event doing the same backside maneuvers and the same backside turns in each single wave? He´s frontside sucks. What he showed repertoire? None. He should have got at most a 13 place.

      • Sheapez

        Paul, you should probably watch some of the heats live so you can see how much more powerful he is when compared to most other competitors while also able to mix it up with a variety of aerials.

  • Sheapez

    most of San Clemente asked me that same question tonight

  • Brad Western

    Well…The scoring contravercy continues. Whamo calls it a 10 inch wave. I thought it was more like 5 inches. It was damn magical how he wiggled his way through it but an 8.33? I would of scored it lower but still had him as the final winner. Only by a hair though. The reason being Tanner caught the bigger waves and although his turns were brutally powerful they could of had more spark. Obviously it could of gone either way. 2ft Lowers all week equals the judges worst nightmare.

  • mike

    Jesse was robbed in the semis against Tanner. Win two heats robbed in a row is too much.

  • mickey

    ei you guys, he did good, imagine if the waves where big like he loves… would be too easy..i think the last wave of Taner was overscored for sure….

  • dippy

    i think id rather listen to rosie hodge call an event than sal masikale, that dude is an instant mute button, surf events should be commentated by surfers not e news hollywood barns. That being said every one else killed it, especially gerr and shea.

  • garyb

    I vote for Shea to become a judge and then all the scores would be right. The result was right and everyone knows it

  • twon

    I’m from SC and i think tanner was getting overscored and pushed thru since round 2. his 9.63 in the early round was such a joke. in the semis, he should of apologized to jesse and announced in his interview that he was getting pushed thru. if he won the final, pro surfing would have lost all credibility. pupo ripped and blew up, and for all you dumbasses he got that 8.33 on the best set of the final and the 5.3 on the small wave.

    • Adji

      true !

    • Paul

      I can’t agree more…

  • Dewey

    Nike owns Hurley.

  • Random Guy

    2-inch high air-reverses on a 10-inch wave should never get a good score. This whole contest seemed more like an air-reverse contest rather than a surf contest. And isn’t style & flow are criteria anymore? There was some butt ugly surfing going (ahem..Jadson Andre…ahem).

  • The Coach

    what the hell? The Video of the final in that article DOESN”T EVEN SHOW PUPO’S 8.33. Great choice Shea. Great work Nike. Maybe we should just watch some more of Cory’s waves.

    • Sheapez

      I’m not sure why Pupo’s 8.33 isn’t in the finals edit. That wave was definitely the best of the final and his last move was sick on it. Pupo is a great kid who surfed incredible all week, and like I said on the webcast, he is one of my favorite surfers in the world to watch. Cory happens to be on that short list as well

  • hot babe

    Trick conditions !! No more questions !

  • Brad Western

    Whoever put the video together should be shot.

  • http://surfer Kimbo

    “epic proportions”!!!! please Shea , why dont you watch the bells final then this final . you need a break .

    • Sheapez

      “What transpired was a beat-down of epic proportions by the under-25 crowd.” Kimbo, If you read the sentence in its entirety it was directed towards the kids beating up on their older more experienced competitors. You need to chilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

  • garyb

    Averyone that watched the Heats on Demand thinks that Tanner won, everyone that was on the beach knows Miguel won. The reason is the HOD doesn’t show Miguels best wave. Could you imagine any sport missing the most important moment. Good web cast but terrible Heats on Demand. Stop judging from the couch and just enjoy the surfing haha

  • http://surfer Kimbo

    Ok Shea I might of taken that statement slightly out of context , but the contrast between the two finals is vast and no amount of arials can save what was a small wave grovel .

  • WS

    Any Prime contest held in waves below head-high/overhead for 75% of the event should be automatically downgraded to Star series points. Instead, we get a ton of crabby Brazzos throwing the same exact air reverse on whatever bump moves. I looked at the draw the night before, saw the field and decided going down there wasn’t worth my time.

    I’m glad Slater and many others didn’t bother with that embarrassing slop ….the best shouldn’t have to.

  • @Jacque_Smit

    Contest surfing is DEAD (WQS that is)… If I have to watch another air-reverse (AR) I am going to scream! Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing move but lets see how many AR’s I can do wins the contest? I think not! What ever happened to “Variety of Repertoire” I think the judging was pretty sh!t too, but than again, if you had to watch a full day of AR’s you would be inconsistent too, I feel sorry for the judges!

  • audience

    tanner is over-rated with just 90’s backside surfing – reminds me of Kling
    the brazzos destroyed him and the others, pretty obvious who won

  • french fries

    Andino should fire Parsons as coach.

  • Whamo

    Parsons will make a fine coach for Andino.

  • Moss Man

    Although the surfing was mind blowing lets not forget about what happens when the waves get good. For example Owen Wright vs Gabriel Mendina at 4-6ft winkipop. I hope that the push can continue into larger surf which would be really exciting to watch. So don’t count out the veterans just yet.

  • audience

    tanner = hype
    kolohe = hype
    and thus, SC = hype

  • Heitor

    This was a contest where “style & flow” and “variety of repertoire” were thrown out the window as judging criterion (due in part, to the lack of consistency in the wave department). It was a bit painful to watch at times. Seriously, flicking a bunch of little air-reverses & weak “blow-tails” on tiny waves shouldn’t lead to big scores. Scores above a 7 should be REALLY hard to get in waves like that.

  • boomba

    Watched the contest and was not impressed by the announcers. I really think that they believe what they say is what everyone wants to hear. Sometimes its good to say NOTHING. Saxon and Shea kept going on and I just muted the whole thing. I think there are a number of us that feel the same. Its not a personal attack, but an observation. Let the guys just surf for a few minutes and let the judges do their thing and then commentate. STOP NARRATING!!!!

    • Sheapez

      I felt the same way at times boomba. I’m so new to working on the webcast that I’m picking up things I need to work on all the time. I’m home now and have already begun thinking how to make it better for next time I’m doing an event. I really appreciate you not making it a personal attack while offering good feedback.

      • Paul

        Shea im think u did a excellent job. Congrats. See ya mate

  • http://surfer Kimbo

    Shea no problems with your call , at least your jargon is surf related . some of your colleagues call surfing like its football . not all manouvers need explaining .

  • http://surfer Kimbo

    and given the foreign representation in this competeition you should brush up on your Portuguse.

  • Whamo

    Shea does a great job as a surfing journalist and broadcaster. I’ve always preferred reports from real surfers. The best surfing stories over the years have come from Mickey Dora, Reno Abellera, Jock Sutherland, John Severson, and Shea Lopez. That is fast company.
    SURFER needs to improve the binding of its magazine. I’m a subscriber, and the last two or three magazines seem to fall apart on the first read.

  • Sir

    Brazil is on the rise.
    It can’t be ignored. Miguel Pupo just won the Lowers Pro. Alejo Muniz, Jadson Andre and Adriano De Souza are all in the World Ranking Top 10. Some dude called Danilo won the Billabong XXL and Gabriel Medina is blowing minds wherever he surfs. It was only a matter of time before a talented film-maker would emerge from surfing’s newest super power. His name is Loïc Wirth.