Day 4 re-cap from Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro
When two world champs’ minds are blown, you know something special’s happening in the water.
Everybody’s blowing up,” said CJ Hobgood, shortly before paddling out for his Round of 24 heat. It was as plain as the nose on the former world champ’s board — which was hard to miss, what with its pink rails and all. The consensus on the beach today at the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro is that when it comes to the performance bar, this could turn out to be one of the most progressive contests in a long while. Hot up-and-comers and cagey vets have been throwing it down.
This contest has a history of doing that. In ’89 Christian Fletcher broke barriers by winning with airs and airs alone — a first in surfing at the time. The next year a tender-footed Kelly Slater mumbled, “It’s the morning of the final,” and proceeded to win his first event as a professional and set the stage for the most prolific career surfing’s ever seen. Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same.
Launching airs is still the call, and it appears there’s a whole crop of kids eager to jumpstart their careers here at Lowers. For proof one need look no further than Jadson Andre’s massive punts, John John Florence’s ultra rotations, and Jordy Smith’s general madness. In fact, in the Round of 24 the only person that won their heat without an air was Chris Davidson, who halted young Kolohe Andino’s momentum with his full-rail power carves.
“It’s impressive,” said Andy Irons, who continues to find his footing and look better and better with each passing heat. “I wouldn’t mind having 18-year-old shoulders though, those kids can paddle,” he joked, after him and Florence advanced together.
Considering that there are two former world champs still going, and they’ve been completely awestruck by Generation Next’s willingness to launch, I’d say we’re in for a brilliant final day tomorrow. The surf hung around all day today, and even if the swell drops over night, the conditions look to be stellar and there will still be plenty of launch ramps out there.
Stay tuned as this thing’s finishing up mid-afternoon tomorrow. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to who’s going to top the podium … but given that Jadson Andre is coming off a win in Brazil and has some momentum, as well as the incredible amplitude of the airs he launched today, the smart money might be on him. Then again, the old guys may still have a trick or two up their wetsuit sleeve.
6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 24 Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.10, Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.90, Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 11.33
Heat 2: Nic Muscroft (AUS) 15.70, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.50, Taylor Knox (USA ) 11.17
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 15.80, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.83, Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.27
Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.70, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 16.57, Nate Yeomans (USA) 10.40
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.27, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.44, Blake Thornton (AUS) 12.60
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 16.90, Andy Irons (HAW) 16.67, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.43
Heat 7: Cory Lopez (USA) 14.50, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.43, Joan Duru (FRA) 10.77
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.33, Gabe Kling (USA) 13.60, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.14
6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 48 Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.67, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.43, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.97, T.J. Barron (HAW) 3.43
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.58, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 12.17, Nat Young (USA) 10.93, Ben Dunn (AUS) 8.83
Heat 3: Taylor Knox (USA) 16.43, Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 14.50, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 13.07, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 12.80
Heat 4: Chris Davidson (AUS) 15.40, Nate Yeomans (USA) 13.50, Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 11.33, Tim Reyes (USA) 11.27
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.26, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 14.80, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.70, Eric Geiselman (USA)
Heat 6: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.94, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.13, Adam Robertson (AUS) 13.33, Dylan Graves (PRI) 13.33
Heat 7: Blake Thornton (AUS) 15.50, John John Florence (HAW) 13.84, Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.70, David Weare (ZAF) 10.00
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.37, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.33, Dean Morrison (AUS) 5.67, Michael Picon (FRA) 3.67
Heat 9: Andy Irons (HAW) 17.23, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.43, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.40, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.07
Heat 10: Cory Lopez (USA) 16.10, Gabe Kling (USA) 14.53, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.36, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.60
Heat 11: Joan Duru (FRA) 15.13, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.77, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.07, Drew Courtney (AUS) 10.97
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.43, Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.34, Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 12.03, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.93
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