Day 2 of the Nike Lowers Pro saw a barrage of power and rail surfing throughout the day. Despite a drop in swell and cross-shore, air-conducive winds, the day’s only 9-plus rides were posted on the waves, not above them. It seems that the judges may have adjusted to the overabundance of air-reverses from last year’s contest, forcing surfers to display a more balanced approach.
Michel Bourez and Nat Young each posted 9-point rides for solid power assaults. Not to be outdone, Taylor Knox would arc his way to a 9.57 in the very next heat. After a disastrous start against John John Florence and Kekoa Bacalso, Knox was able to settle into a big right and demonstrate his patented carves for the day’s highest single wave score– no aerials required.
To complete the flashback day, the legendary Mark Occhilupo advanced to the second round with some signature hacks, which was a stark contrast to most of the light-footed surfers on the heat roster. He will surf again tomorrow in the final heat of the second round.
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