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.
Men’s Semifinal 2:
Men’s Semifinal 1:
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