The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME contest is one of only two events of the highest caliber on the US Mainland this year, and touts a $250,000 prize purse with a highly coveted one-of-a-kind 14-karat gold railroad spike trophy worth more than $30,000.
“Lowers has been an instrumental part in building Nike’s legacy in surfing and in the progression of the sport,” says Zach Boon, Nike Action Sports North American Brand Manager. “It’s an honor to be in our fifth year of this heritage event, and we look forward to elevating the stage for the surfers yet again.”
Each year, Lower Trestles has proven the ultimate playing field for the world’s best talent to perform in ideal high-performance conditions. Both seasoned and up-and-coming surfers turn up to surf the elite wave (with just a few others in the water) delivering aerials and other progressive maneuvers heat after heat during the competition. Perfect 10 scores are not uncommon and the event has become synonymous with pushing the limits of competitive surfing.
With a win at the Nike Lowers Pro equivalent in ratings points to a third-place finish at an ASP World Tour event, it’s typical to see many of the World’s Elite 34 in the line up. Past winners have included: 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater, the late, great three-time World Champion Andy Irons, Rob Machado and Tom Curren, to name just a few.
This year, a narrow field of 96 athletes from around the globe will vie for the $250,000 prize purse, ASP ratings points (the most possible in a single qualifying event) and the valuable gold railroad spike trophy.
Last year’s event came down to a heated Final between local standout Tanner Gudauskas and Brazilian powerhouse Miguel Pupo. Pupo claimed the $40,000 first prize check and 6,500 ASP World Ranking points, which ultimately helped him qualify for the elite ASP World Tour in 2012.
The Nike Lowers Pro will feature an HD-quality webcast with live video coverage and scoring for all five days of competition. Many upgrades to the production are in store this year including a super slow motion camera for frame by frame analysis of game-changing maneuvers, heat-by-heat analyzer and the incorporation of athlete and viewer Tweets and Instagram photos during the broadcast for an insider’s view of the event. A “Judge It” game will also give users the opportunity to guess the winner and the winning score of heats via Twitter to win gear and other prizes.
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