Nike Lowers Pro in the midst of building rich history
Nike Lowers Pro
ASP Prime Mens Event
Lower Trestles, San Clemente
1 - 5 May 2012
96 of the best surfers in the world descend on Lowers for Nike Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 April, 2012 : - - Whether through innovation or competition, Lower Trestles has always been about creating a legacy. World champions, aerial innovators, game changers and stylists, the list of surfers that have made their mark at Lowers is distinguished, each surfer bearing their own legacy. To win at Lowers is to join an elite few, and thanks to the anticipated arrival of 96 of the best surfers in the world and a timely flurry of Southern Hemisphere activity, the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro looks to progress performance surfing further still.
Looking to make his mark, homegrown ace Kolohe Andino returns to San Clemente after six weeks on the road. "It's going to feel good, it's home," says Kolohe. "You get to sleep in your own bed, be surrounded by your friends and family. Everything’s familiar and you can focus on your surfing. I can't wait to get back to Lowers."
But it's no easy road to the $40,000 first prize, which also carries with it a one-of-a-kind 14-karat gold railroad spike worth more than $30,000. Kolohe, Julian Wilson, Michel Bourez, Alejo Muniz, Nat Young and a host of others all have designs on creating a legacy of their own. "It's a big one," says Julian. "To win at Lowers, you have to pull out all the stops. It's always been like that there, and with so many good surfers today, you have to find a way to go to that next level."
At times the wave at Lowers can be just as much of a star as the surfers. And lately it's been doing its thing. "I've been around the world this year, and right in my own backyard is where I find the best waves, how's that?" pondered Nike Surf Team Mentor and photographer Jason Kenworthy after a marathon session this March. "I went down there with Koa in the morning, I shot 4,000 photos and didn't leave the beach until dark...that's how good it was."
The 2012 Nike Lowers Pro gets underway on May 1. If you can't find your way across the railroad tracks and down to the beach, tune into to the HD-quality webcast at nikelowerspro.com. And be sure to plug into the social media streams on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make your voice heard in the MVP voting, where you can help pick the most progressive, dynamic surfer of the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro
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.
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Source: ASP North America
Author: Bobby Shadley / Dave Prodan / Dawn Hamilton
Tags: Nike, Lower Trestles, ASP North America, Prime, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino