Lowers Pro set to return with title sponsor Oakley

San Clemente-based surfer Tanner Gudauskas had an exciting run at the 2011 Lowers Pro, taking the runner-up spot behind winner Miguel Pupo of Brazil, in a close 13.63 to 13.57 final. Photo: Andrea Swayne
San Clemente-based surfer Tanner Gudauskas had an exciting run at the 2011 Lowers Pro, taking the runner-up spot behind winner Miguel Pupo of Brazil, in a close 13.63 to 13.57 final. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

TEN: The Enthusiast Network and Surfer Magazine announced on Monday that Oakley has signed on as title sponsor for the 2015 Lowers Pro, bringing the event back to Lower Trestles, April 28 to May 2, after a two-year hiatus.

The Oakley Lowers Pro winner will earn 10,000 World Surf League Qualifying Series points—the same points awarded at WSL Championship Tour events. That, along with a $250,000 prize purse, is expected to draw the world’s best talent from the CT’s Top 34, along with exceedingly apt up-and-coming athletes.

The event’s full lineup will include 96 surfers and two qualifiers from an eight-man trial. The lineup will be announced soon, the statement said.

The famous cobblestone beach break at San Onofre State Park delivers one of the most high-performance-friendly waves on the planet and has long been a favorite of athletes and spectators alike, as a stage for mesmeric performances showcasing the very best in progressive maneuvers.

Following the 2012 Lowers Pro— won by Brazilian Gabriel Medina and then title-sponsored by Nike—marked the last event before the contest’s two-year time out for lack of a title sponsor.

“Oakley has a long history at Lower Trestles and we’re excited to be back at this esteemed surf break to host some of the world’s best surfers in our own backyard,” said Cuan Petersen, director of global sports marketing at Oakley, in the announcement. “Lowers is a perfect canvas for innovative, high-performance surfing… It’s definitely a place that differentiates the good from the great. We’re looking forward to kicking off the competition at the 2015 Oakley Lowers Pro.”

Many notables have clinched Lowers Pro victories over the event’s venerable history including Tom Curren (1982, 2001), Christian Fletcher (1989), Kelly Slater (1990), Rob Machado (1998), Andy Irons (2004) and back-to-back Brazilian champions Pupo (2011) and Medina (2012).

For more information on the Oakley Lowers Pro and to tune into the live webcast, visit www.oakleylowerspro.com.

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