By Matt Skenazy
It's that time of year again: Time for World Tour surfers to flock to Trestles' cobblestone beach like the salmon of Capistrano. Step right up, step right up, the ASP Prime Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro is back. This year the event carries extra weight, as the new one-world ranking system has left most of the ASP World Tour surfers little choice but to come battle it out in San Clemente.
Thirty-six WT surfers, along with a wealth of international talent, will be present, so we decided to cast our lots on who will come out on top. Because what good are sports unless you have someone to root for? Read on, then call your bookie.
Favorite: Jordy Smith
With two Quarterfinal appearances and one Final, Jordy has been the most consistent surfer on tour this year. Sitting in second place on the World Tour, he isn't always as worshipped as his American counterpart Dane Reynolds, but he's been getting the job done. When not traveling for the Tour, or in his native South Africa, Jordy is based in Newport Beach, giving himself ample time to hone both his Southern California pick-up lines and his Lowers repertoire. Look for Jordy to continue his roll on both fronts at Trestles.
Runner Up: A Local
With the Gudauskas brothers, Nate Yeomans and Kolohe Andino having a combined 600 years of experience at Lowers, we decided to play the odds on this one.
Long Shot: Jadson Andre
It really just seems impossible for him to keep that roll going, doesn't it? He can't keep pulling that air-reverse over and over and over, can he? Can he?
Make your picks in the comment section below. First person to pick the winner receives the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro prize pack you see here.
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