Lowers Goes Off, Dane And Jordy Go Off

Kolohe's blow-tail reverse sequence, shot 1. Photo: Steindler
Kolohe's blow-tail reverse sequence, shot 1. Photo: Steindler

It was like the red carpet was rolled out for a good portion of the World Tour (err, World Title Race) on Thursday at the Lowers 6.0 Pro. Six-foot swell graced the cobblestones of the famed Lower Trestles as they awaited the brutalization of tail-high surfing.

For day 1’s wrap-up and photos from the Lowers 6.0 Pro head here. Tomorrow’s 6.0 Lowers Pro action will begin with the Round of 48 and will be webcast LIVE via nike6lowerspro.com.

Jordy Smith kept everyone waiting throughout the day for the first 10 of the event (he was in the very last heat). Dane Reynolds was throwing turns off bottom turns that shot him to the lip faster than any other human being. Jordy called the surf “pumping”, Dane said it was “huge out there”.

Dane Reynolds went absolutely bonkers today. He was doing things I couldn't comprehend. Photo: Mimi L.
Dane Reynolds went absolutely bonkers today. He was doing things I couldn't comprehend. Photo: Mimi L.

Other standouts from the day included Chris Davidson, Eric Geiselman, Jadson Andre, John Florence, Owen Wright, CJ Hobgood, Jonathan Gonzales, and Tom Whitaker. From here on out every heat is literally stacked. It will be an exciting Friday and Saturday at San Onofre State Park.

Shot 2. Nosepicking with Kolohe. Photo: Steindler
Shot 2. Nosepicking with Kolohe. Photo: Steindler
Who says Lowers doesn't barrel? Don't tell Shaun Cansdell that...Photo: Steindler
Who says Lowers doesn't barrel? Don't tell Shaun Cansdell that...Photo: Steindler
Chris Davidson has flat out been ripping lately. Photo: Steindler
Chris Davidson has flat out been ripping lately. Photo: Steindler
Nat Young kicked things off in the first heat of the morning with a victory. Photo: Steindler
Nat Young kicked things off in the first heat of the morning with a victory. Photo: Steindler
Nice little view from the competitor's tent. Photo: Steindler
Nice little view from the competitor's tent. Photo: Steindler
Portugal's Tiago Pires floats the boat. Photo: Mimi L.
Portugal's Tiago Pires floats the boat. Photo: Mimi L.
Florida's Eric Geiselman took to the air once again today. Photo: Steindler
Florida's Eric Geiselman took to the air once again today. Photo: Steindler
Dusty on the prowl. Photo: Steindler
Dusty on the prowl. Photo: Steindler
Brazil's Jadson Andre. You'd be all smiles too if you'd just beaten Kelly for your first World Tour victory last week and then show up to Lowers and blow up. Photo: Steindler
Brazil's Jadson Andre. You'd be all smiles too if you'd just beaten Kelly for your first World Tour victory last week and then show up to Lowers and blow up. Photo: Steindler
Despite taking flight here, Aussie Damien Fahrenfort was sent packing today. Photo: Steindler
Despite taking flight here, Saffa Damien Fahrenfort was sent packing today. Photo: Steindler
Frenchman Jeremy Flores was on point today. Photo: Steindler
Frenchman Jeremy Flores was on point today. Photo: Steindler
Nate Yeomans took his heat today—just another day at home in San Clemente. Photo: Steindler
Nate Yeomans took his heat today—just another day at home in San Clemente. Photo: Steindler
The Dingo ate Lowers up. Photo: Steindler
The Dingo ate Lowers up. Photo: Steindler

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