After another day of mind-boggling surfing at Lower Trestles, the quarterfinals are set for the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. Of the remaining eight surfers, six are from Brazil and two are from San Clemente.
I know this is starting to sound like groundhog day, but the standout performer of the day was once again Kolohe Andino, who blew any remaining minds that hadn’t already been blown by his surfing yesterday.
Today he dominated his three-man heat against two frothing Brazilians, mixing some big turns with his aerial attack.
With long lulls plaguing several heats today, Kolohe was able to position himself alone at the peak when the two biggest sets of the heat wrapped onto the cobblestones. He caught only two real waves in the entire heat, but it was all he needed, scoring a 14.70 heat total.
The Oakley Pro Jr ran through the semifinals as well, where Andino was untouchable yet again, winning his heats with ease. He will be surfing in the Jr semifinals as well as the mens quarterfinals tomorrow, where he faces Jesse Mendes. He has a chance to repeat his Vans Pier Classic performance from 2 months ago, where he became the first person to ever win the jr and main event in contest. To pull of this feat in a 6 star Prime event would be enormous.
The other San Clemente resident who is fighting off the Brazilianvasion is Tanner Gudauskas. The stylish goofyfooter was able to mix solid rail work with a few flares of new-school, including a giant frontside slob air, that must have been about 4 feet out the back on a knee high left. Tanner vaulted himself straight into the quarterfinals by narrowly beating CJ Hobgood and Gabriel Medina in their round 4 heat. Tanner’s 15.83 just edged Medina’s 14.14, and CJ’s 14.54.
Brazil’s Air Team continued to march toward the podium, with some outrageous airs being punted by Jadson Andre and Thiago Camarao. Jadson has always been know for his frontside air-reverse, in yesterdays post heat interview he talked about working on his backside surfing. It showed today, as he displayed some spicy backhand rail work that was anything but expected.
Both the men and juniors will be finishing tomorrow in similar conditions at Trestles. Check it here.