Just your typical 17 year old surf stoked kid's room... Kinda.

Just your typical 17 year old surf stoked kid's room... Kinda.

5:30am daily start for Kolohe

5:30am daily start for Kolohe

The state park doesn't open until 6:00am for future reference.

The state park doesn't open until 6:00am for future reference.

The morning of the (quarter) final.

The morning of the (quarter) final.

Early am warmup sesh.

Early am warmup sesh.

"You're really gonna follow me around all day?"

"You're really gonna follow me around all day?"

Brother has a very specific routine before heats which includes jumping some rope.

Brother has a very specific routine before heats which includes jumping some rope.

Tanner getting hydrated and psyched at the same time.

Tanner getting hydrated and psyched at the same time.

Occasionally a decent wave would come through but they were few and far in between.

Occasionally a decent wave would come through but they were few and far in between.

Pre-quarter final heat. Kolohe vs Jesse Mendes.

Pre-quarter final heat. Kolohe vs Jesse Mendes.

"Yep there's nothing coming."

"Yep there's nothing coming."

I was feeling the same way right after this heat.

I was feeling the same way right after this heat.

Thiago Camarao got our April Issue cover and Saturday finished with his best contest result ever.

Thiago Camarao got our April Issue cover and Saturday finished with his best contest result ever.

Keanu Asing quietly ripping his way to the Pro Jr win.

Keanu Asing quietly ripping his way to the Pro Jr win.

Andrew Bynum takes cheap shots when he loses. These kids just hang out and have a good time.

Andrew Bynum takes cheap shots when he loses. These kids just hang out and have a good time.

Keanu on the carry up.

Keanu on the carry up.

Dane Gudauskas with some last minute advice for his bro.

Dane Gudauskas with some last minute advice for his bro.

The Miguel Pupo camp.

The Miguel Pupo camp.

The Tanner Gudauskas camp.

The Tanner Gudauskas camp.

The Brazilian camp + Kolohe.

The Brazilian camp + Kolohe.

A very American shower. Budweiser.

A very American shower. Budweiser.

Didn't win but they sure gave it hell.

Didn't win but they sure gave it hell.

BBQ at the Gudang's.

BBQ at the Gudang's.

I tweeted that we were gonna go #BACON this night. That was a fact.

I tweeted that we were gonna go #BACON this night. That was a fact.

Slater parties? Hmm. Might have to get him back in on Passion Picks for Brazil.

Slater parties? Hmm. Might have to get him back in on Passion Picks for Brazil.

Kolohe Andino Doesn’t Win the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro

After spending a week in the office listening to sometimes compelling commentary and watching replays of the inconsistent sets that came through at this year’s Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro, I decided to spend my Saturday actually hanging out at the event. With the excess of photos taken during these things, it gets old being a photographer running around taking the same exact same images as about a hundred other people. So I went with the decision of following around my friend and local superstar Brother Andino, for the day as opposed to focusing on the event as a whole.

After all, Kolohe had arguably been the most in form surfer of the comp to that point and had a legitimate shot at winning both the Prime and Pro Junior, similar but on a bigger scale to what he recently accomplished at Huntington. Things didn’t really go as planned though. Brother got knocked out in a wave-starved, raging-south-wind-fest quarter final against Jesse Mendes and did only enough for 3rd place in the Jr final. A decent, but disappointing result for a prodigy at his local break.

That’s when I switched focus to Tanner Gudauskas’ camp which backfired on me again as he narrowly lost to Miguel Pupo in the mens final.

I couldn’t help but laugh at my fortune as I scrolled through my pathetic storyboard of photos that completely neglect the talented field of Brazilians who dominated. It is what it is though. Not an epic event, but a bad event at Lowers beats a good one at most other places.