"I've just been having the most fun, it's just been wake up, have fun and go to bed," Gudauskas said, his contagious smile plastered on his face. "It's cool having everyone down here; it's a special energy, you can hear it. To have all this happen, I'm so stoked it happened here."
Prior to his loss in the final, Gudauskas hadn't finished worse than first from the first round.
Despite a heat win, Tanner Gudauskas had his gameface on post-heat.
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Through five rounds of surfing, if the surf world has learned any one lesson so far, it's that the Brazilians are going to be a force to reckon with for years to come. Going into the Round of 12 (known as the No Loser Round) on Friday morning, of the remaining 12 competitors, eight were of Brazilian descent.
The other four represented the USA, and of those, three call OC home: Andino (San Clemente), Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente) and Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach).
After getting the first round of the juniors out of the way, the main attraction resumed under overcast skies. The waves were as they'd been since day 1: glassy and offering enough power for the new school repertoire of tricks to be on display. Both Gudauskas and Andino managed to win their heats, with a combination of full-speed hacks off the top and the occasional full-rotation air manuever.
"The ocean really cooperated for me," said Andino, after his win with a heat score of 14.7 (out of 20).
Kolohe Andino makes it look easy. It helps that Lowers is his homebreak.
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Unfortunately, Reyes lost in his Round of 12 (Loser Goes Homes) heat, but still managed his best result of the year.
When the event resumes on Saturday morning, for its final day of competition, the pro event will begin with the quarterfinals, while the juniors will begin with the semifinals.
The Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro is an ASP Prime event, which is a step down from the ASP World Tour, but the contest offers valuable qualification points, which come into play at the midpoint of the year (staying on or hopping on the WT) and the end of the year (qualifying or re-qualifying for the WT).
The surfing circus will be passing through Trestles again soon, when the World Tour returns Sept. 18-24 for the Hurley Pro.
For Saturday, the event will resume with the following quarterfinals heats:
Heat 1-- Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 2--Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 3--Junior Faria (BRA) vs. Thiago Camarao (BRA)
Heat 4--Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)