The Most Progressive Surf Contest, Ever

John Florence hucking. Photo: English

John Florence hucking. Photo: English

The slew of webcast commentators collectively said, “This is the most progressive surf contest I’ve ever seen,” hundreds of times throughout the day on Friday during the 6.0 Lowers Pro. And we agree with them.

It doesn’t hurt that Lower Trestles, America’s ultimate high-performance wave, has been as good as it gets the last two days. When Lowers gets this good it presents lofty, seamlessly unending sections with the softest landing zone one could ask for. Landing zone for the big stuff of course, aerials.

For Thursday’s action at the 6.0 Lowers Pro head here.
For Wednesday’s action at the 6.0 Lowers Pro head here.

It also doesn’t hurt that a good portion of the ASP World Title Race surfers are the ones making the three and four man heats some of the toughest around. You’ve gotta do something big to make these heats. Jordy Smith was once again the standout of the day. The current #2 surfer in the world has found his groove, which was only a matter of time. I don’t think he has surfed better in his life than he currently is.

2010 Tour rookies Jadson Andre and Owen Wright once again showed their knack for explosive surfing. But what makes them top candidates for 2010 Rookie of the Year is the fact that they can both throw some mean turns at varying angles and flat out know how to surf a wave.

No stranger to world class surfing, Mr. Andy Irons was another one of the standouts on Friday at the 6.0 Lowers Pro. The man has found his footing once again. His patented swooping hack and pocket layback have returned. His body language on every wave no longer says, “Get me out of here,” but shouts, “I’m gonna smash the shit out of you.” And his fellow Hawaiian John Florence threw down “the move of the event” when he tossed a fully rotated air 3, landing in the flats and not losing a beat.

Saturday’s conclusion to both the 6.0 Lowers Pro and the Oakley Pro Junior will undoubtedly be action-packed in man-on-man heats. If you cannot make it to Lower Trestles for the day you’ll want to be tuning in to the webcast at nike6lowerspro.com while one surfer is crowned the conqueror of the most progressive surf contest ever.—Ryan Brower

Kolohe studying Dane. Modern surfing tends to work that way. Photo: Steindler

Kolohe studying Dane. Modern surfing tends to work that way. Photo: Steindler

Brazilian Adriano de Souza is pretty comfortable at his home away from home (San Clemente). Photo: English

Brazilian Adriano de Souza is pretty comfortable at his home away from home (San Clemente). Photo: English

This little pocket carve by CJ Hobgood was straight up filthy. Photo: English

This little pocket carve by CJ Hobgood was straight up filthy. Photo: English

Part of the reason the level of surfing has skyrocketed at the 6.0 Lowers Pro. Photo: Steindler

Part of the reason the level of surfing has skyrocketed at the 6.0 Lowers Pro. Photo: Steindler

Owen Wright making a strong push for a victory at Lowers. Photo: Steindler

Owen Wright making a strong push for a victory at Lowers. Photo: Steindler

Dane is a slob. Photo: English

Dane is a slob. Photo: English

He's backkkkk. Andy Irons. Photo: English

He's backkkkk. Andy Irons. Photo: English

Coco Ho getting grilled by our newest in-front-of-the-camera lady, Miss Allie Brown. Photo: Mimi L.

Coco Ho getting grilled by our newest in-front-of-the-camera lady, Miss Allie Brown. Photo: Mimi L.

These tracks only lead to one place. Photo: Steindler

These tracks only lead to one place. Photo: Steindler

Ace swashbuckled like no other today and has been the most in form he's been all year. Photo: Steindler

Ace swashbuckled like no other today and has been the most in form he's been all year. Photo: Steindler

This is John Florence's "move of the event". Photo: Mimi L.

This is John Florence's "move of the event". Photo: Mimi L.

Ace Bucan slashing. Photo: English

Ace Bucan slashing. Photo: English

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