Stop 2: USA
Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Qualifier: USA
Location: Lower Trestles, California
Holding Period: April 28 – May 2, 2009
Note: North American Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Qualifier, held in conjunction with the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. www.nike6lowerspro.com
Junior’s Rating: World Pro Junior Series Grade 2
Prize Purse: $10,000
Field of Competition: 32
Men’s WQS Rating: 6 Star PRIME
Prize Purse: $145,000
Field of Competition: 128
2006 Eric Geiselman (USA)
2007 Brent Dorrington (AUS)
2008 Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
2009 Kai Barger (HAW)
Steeped in surfing history, the Nike 6.0 lowers Pro in conjunction with the Oakley Pro Junior is a 6-Star PRIME ASP WQS / Grade 2 Pro Junior that boasts a field of top international professional surfers. Juniors will by vying for a piece of the $10,000 prize purse and the 2 North American slots allocated for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge. Dusty Payne’s (HAW) earned a seed into the ’08 Global Challenge based on his third place performance at Lowers… which he ended up winning. The recent merger of the ASP North America and ASP Hawaii at the Junior level will add to the competitive intensity.
Possibly the most high-performance wave on the California coast, the A-frame that is Lower Trestles has helped usher in barrier-breakers like Kelly Slater, Christian Fletcher, Shane Beschen and Chris Ward. The only ASP World Championship Tour event on the U.S. mainland, every year the Boost Mobile Pro comes to Lowers, giving the everyday work-a-day crew of locals a clearer picture of exactly what’s possible on the wave’s flawless walls and beckoning launch ramps.
Lowers loves anything with a little south in it. An offshore canyon sucks the swell in all summer long, making it one of the most consistent, most dependable, not to mention crowded, waves in California.
When they’re not out frothing on the WQS, on any given summer day you’ll find the Gudauskas brothers out schralping their home break. You’ll also find the likes of Nate Yeomans, Mike Loseness and Kolohe Andino out giving the place a proper going over.
Jack Freestone and Ezekiel Lau's journey though the toughest competition in junior surfing
Jack Freestone wins the Oakley World Pro Junior and reclaims the ASP World Junior Title
Joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men's ASP World Junior Titles.