Big Upsets on Day 1 of the Nike Lowers Pro

Classic Trestles conditions greeted competitors on day 1 of the Nike Lowers Pro. Glassy overhead lines poured over the cobblestones as the first 15 heats of Round 1 were hashed out. Some amazing surfing took place, but the story of the day was the erasure of some very hyped young names from the draw.

Poster child of the event, Kolohe Andino, suffered a frustrating Round 1 elimination at his home break today in heat 3. His good friend Evan Geiselman took the heat win. Despite some flashes of brilliance, Kolohe was unable to put together the huge scores we’ve come to expect from him.

Then, defending champion Miguel Pupo was ousted in heat 5, coming up short in a last-second exchange. The young Brazilian posted his best score on the first wave of the set, pumping his fist, only to turn around and see Glenn Hall and Kai Barger on the next two, better waves.

Julian Wilson had the second best heat of the day and still lost, dropping a near-perfect heat total after being slapped with a controversial interference at the halfway mark. The split-second mistake voided Julian’s 9-plus rides, which practically handed the heat over to Mitch Coleborn and local trialist Jeff Lukasik. Saxon Boucher was able to get the mic in front of Julian as he exited the water. Clearly frustrated, Wilson stated, “The last three events here, I’ve lost all three due to interference.”

Another stellar day of surf is forecasted and the event will resume at 8 am local time.