Nike Lowers Pro goes paperless, gets good forecast
Nike Lowers Pro
ASP Prime Mens Event
Lower Trestles, San Clemente
1 - 5 May 2012
Nike & Verizon partner up to utilize tablets while southern hemisphere dishes...
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 April, 2012 : - - Embracing technology to the fullest and with Verizon Wireless as a partner, the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro will be at the forefront of digital innovation. The result will be an event that runs virtually paper-free for all five days of competition, which will run May 1-5, 2012 at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif.
The enhanced technology will affect all areas of the production of the Nike Lowers Pro from the media, production staff, and announcers, to the registration tent and even the athletes. Verizon’s advanced 4G LTE wireless network and tablets will eliminate the use of hundreds of pounds of paper used for printing information, heat draws, registration lists, press releases, etc.
“I am excited to be a part of this year’s Nike Lowers Pro,” said Verizon’s Marketing Manager Tommy Campagne. “Our goal is to provide superior 4G LTE service while working to make the event less harmful on the environment.”
Media and staff will work from Verizon 4G LTE MiFi aircards to upload photos and HD videos to media outlets, the event website, and social media. The broadcast team and event announcers will use tablets to review HD video highlights, receive instant information and updates, photos, and tweets. The tablets will be powered by the technologically-advanced, fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
Registration for athletes, media and VIPs will go wireless too, utilizing the Verizon tablets for the check-in process. Athletes and their families will also benefit from the wireless network to communicate online with family, friends, and fans via Facetime or Skype, both of which require a strong WiFi signal.
With all five days of competition broadcast in HD-quality live on an event webcast, the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro will be at the forefront of digital innovation in the surf industry.
The Nike Lowers Pro returns to San Clemente, Calif., for the fifth consecutive year, May 1-5. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME contest is one of only two events of the highest caliber on the US Mainland this year, and touts a $250,000 prize purse with a highly coveted one-of-a-kind 14-karat gold railroad spike trophy worth more than $30,000.
Look for the Nike Lowers Pro on June 16 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT on NBC. The event airs as part of the “Red Bull Signature Series," the most progressive and innovative surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, visit redbullsignatureseries.com.
For more information on the Nike Lowers Pro, follow the action before, during and after the event online at NikeLowersPro.com, on Facebook NikeSurfing and SurferMag and on Twitter and Instagram @NikeSurfing and @Surfer_Magazine. Start the discussion using #NIKELOWERSPRO right now.
The 2012 Nike Lowers Pro would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors. Special thanks go out to Nike and other event partners Oakley, Verizon, Red Bull, SURFER and ASP.
Brief Overview: A series of medium size south-southwest swells will provide waves throughout the entire waiting period of the Nike Lowers Pro.
Initial Forecast Outlook: We’ve enjoyed an active early season in the South Pacific thus far in 2012 and that trend will continue over the next few days. As a result of this storm activity we will see a series of medium size, overlapping SSW swells throughout the course of the waitingperiod.
At this point we will see the largest surf during the first two days of the waiting period, a slight trend down for the next 1-2 days and then a possible rebuilding trend for the end of the waiting period, if a storm behaves as forecast in a few days. See below for further details.
The first SSW swell (195-210) will have us in surf right off the bat, for Tuesday and holding/easing Wednesday. Head high+ waves will show at Lowers Tue/Wed withsets to a foot overhead and occasionally larger. We’ll be tracking this swell through the Pacific over the next few days and will continue to refine the size andtiming of the surf.
A second, slightly smaller SSW swell (190-205) will then move in for Thur/Fri from a storm that is spinning in the Central South Pacific now. If it behaves as forecast in thenext couple days, shoulder-head high surf will continue at Lowers for the 3rd-4th.
Going further out, long range forecast charts/models indicate a new south swell (185-195) will fill in at the end of the waiting period, with a building trend through the day on Saturday. This is dependent on storm formation and behavior later this weekbut, if the storm behaves as forecast, we will see a bump up in surf from Thur/Fri and similar size waves to earlier in the week. Stay tuned, we’ll have more details once we actually see the storm develop in a few days.
Source: ASP North America
Author: Bobby Shadley / Dave Prodan / Dawn Hamilton
Tags: Nike, Lower Trestles, ASP North America, Prime