A cold, strong wind and overcast skies dominated much of the day on Wednesday, day two of the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. And with mostly blown out, 2-3 foot surf, it was certainly not the kind of beach day Southern California is famous for – surf or weather-wise. I'm not trying to be a downer here, but let's face it: we're in need of some good surf! Luckily for the competitors at Trestles, wavewatch.com has forecasted a new building SW swell expected to peak over the next few days.
Even with the conditions not prime, the overall vibe on the beach was a good one, as surfers and spectators alike were making the most out of the second day of the event. Today was a big day for some of the younger guys like Brent Dorrington of Australia: winner of last year's Oakley Pro Junior at Trestles. Dorrington was a standout on the day and made the most out of so-so conditions: "The waves got much better about half way through my heat, with much bigger sets," Dorrington explained.
The continuously unsettling news of the recent fatal shark attacks in San Diego and Mexico, however, are still fresh on the minds of many of the surfers competing. Many are keeping a positive attitude and focusing solely on their surfing, not sharks. Dustin Cuizon who will compete on Thursday said, "I'm not too nervous about sharks. I'm just going to try the best I can tomorrow." Also fellow Hawaiian Albee Layer, who braved the cold California waters in just board shorts, seemed unconcerned about the sharks. "They're probably gone by now," he said confidently after shivering his way through a win in the Round of 128.
Stay tuned to Surfermag.com for more Nike 6.0 Pro coverage. Plus, make sure to watch the live web cast on nike6lowerspro.com starting at 8am Pacific Time.
6.0 Lowers Pro – ASP WQS 4-Star
Round 2: 160 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 10: Ted Navarro (USA) 13.83, Sean Taylor (USA)8.67, Zach Plopper (USA) 7.17, Omar Etcheverry (USA)
Heat 11: Colin Schildhauer (USA) 9.84, Hunter Heverly (USA) 7.43, Matt Turner (USA) 6.06, Eric Worley (USA) 5.83
Heat 12: Bobby Morris (USA)11.83, Corey Garcia (AUS) 8.57, Dillon Perillo (USA) 11.00 , Rikaya Kitada (JPN) 4.33
Heat 13: Ryan Briggs (USA) 15.17, Roger Eales (USA) 10.76, Matt Myers (USA) 10.53, Travis Mellem (USA) 6.72
Heat 14: Albee Layer (HAW) 15.00, Eric McHenry (USA)12.60, Ian Ekberg (USA) 12.16, Jensen Callaway (USA) 9.96
Heat 15: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 16.84, Blake Jones (USA) 12.83, Sean Hayes (USA) 8.63, Adam Lambert (USA) 6.17
Heat 16: Phillip Goold (USA) 11.53, Nils Schweitzer (USA) 11.50, Sean Tubbs (USA) 6.73, Jason Harris (USA) 6.70
Round 3: 128 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Kellen Ellison (USA)13.66, Sebastian Seitz (HAW) 11.26, Matt Keenan (USA) 7.10, Alek Parker (USA) 7.67
Heat 2: Jacob Kirshenbaum (USA) 12.33, Shota Nakamura (JPN) 12.07, Johnny Craft (USA) 9.50, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 8.47
Heat 3: Zach Keenan (USA) 12.40, Dane Johnson (USA) 12.07, Peter Mussio (USA) 9.90, Eddie Guilbeau (USA) 7.00
Heat 4: Jesse Heilman (USA) 18.07, Aaron Cormican (USA) 12.00, Parrish Byrne (AUS)11.00, Jason Miller (USA) 10.04
Heat 5: Josh Montgomery (USA) 5.64, Sean Marceron (USA) 9.06, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.70, Chris Abad (USA) 4.52
Heat 6: Gabriel Villaran (PER) 15.93, Richie Collins (USA) 15.07, Kyle Ramey (HAW) 10.83, Kai Barger (HAW) 9.87 Heat 7: James Woods (AUS) 15.06, Shane Beschen (USA) 14.93, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 10.23, Tarik Kasogi (USA) 3.97
Heat 8: Jason Collins (USA) 12.93, Michael Hoisington (USA) 9.16, Rylan McCart (USA) 8.66, John Daniels (USA) 6.43
Heat 9: Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.83, Brent Reiley (USA) 8.20, Sean Taylor (USA) 6.74, Dane Ward (USA) 3.49 Heat 10: Adam Wickwire (USA) 13.40, Alex Smith (HAW) 13.83, Ted Navarro (USA) 12.10, Darren Muschett (PRI) 5.17
Heat 11: Torrey Meister (HAW) 11.67, Dillon Perillo (USA) 8.83, Shey Yates (USA) 8.33, Colin Schildhauer (USA) 4.80
Heat 12: Hunter Heverly (USA) 8.50, David Rutherford (MEX)8.33, Bobby Morris (USA) 6.69, Sean Poynter (USA) 5.90
Heat 13: Ryan Briggs (USA) 13.67, Eric McHenry (USA) 13.27, Naoto Tekamah (JPN) 7.50, Will Tant (USA) 5.47
Heat 14: Casey Brown (HAW) 16.00, Albee Layer (HAW) 11.17, Roger Eales (USA)7.87, Peter Mel (USA) 5.47
Heat 15: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 16.74, Nils Schweitzer (USA) 10.16, Matt Mohagen (USA) 9.74, Josh Loya (USA) 6.77
Heat 16: Brandon Ragenovich (USA) 11.90, Blake Jones (USA) 11.17, Magnum Martinez (VEN) 11.16, Phillip Goold (USA) 10.37
Round 4: 96 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Dylan Graves (PRI) 14.67, Shota Nakamura (JPN) 10.20, Gavin Beechen (HAW) 9.00, Kellen Ellison (USA) 4.00
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.60, Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.17, Jacob Kirschenbaum (USA) 9.93, Liam McNamara (HAW) 7.63