Day 1 of the Oakley Lowers Pro kicked off this morning with the eight-man Trials in clean, glassy surf. Although the waves were on the smaller side, the trial contestants were hungry for the top two spots. With the new priority rule in place, surfers were forced to ditch hassling tactics and let their surfing to the talking. And they did. Thiago Camarao (BRA) took the lead in the dying seconds of the final heat to secure a spot in the main event. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) was right behind him, relying on his smooth rhythm and deep aerial repertoire to also score a spot in Round 1.
The first World Surf League (WSL) QS10000 event of 2015, the Oakley Lowers Pro, commenced this morning with the eight-man Trials contesting the one-to-three foot surf on offer at Lower Trestles.
Of the eight surfers competing, two were awarded highly-coveted spots into the main field of 96 surfers with Thiago Camarao (BRA) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW) emerging victorious amongst a hotly-contested field.