All things came together for this year's Assn. of Surfing Professionals Prime Event, the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. A pumping southwestern swell hit midweek, giving the top surfers in the world waves 4 to 6 feet high with some 8-foot sets, with good shape. The rights and lefts were both firing with sunny skies and pretty much glassy conditions most days.
In the final, East Coast sensation Gabe Kling caught the biggest waves, threw some mean slashes and some big old roundhouse cutbacks to ice the first-place prize of $20,000. Second was Aussie ripper Chris "Davo" Davidson, who was pretty much going off, too, slashing away on the right-handers and throwing water, but still needed a moderate score for the win at the end.
In the semis, Kling took out an in-form three-time world champ, Hawaiian Andy Irons, who buckled his magic board on his first wave and never regained momentum. In the other semi, "Davo" beat Brazilian Adriano de Souza, who was hot all event, busting some sick air moves. Making the quarters was No. 2 in the world standings, South African Jordy Smith.