NIKE LOWERS PRO HIGHLIGHTS TO AIR ON NBC
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – June 12, 2012 – Host extraordinaire Sal Masekela will take us to the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro contest this Saturday, June 16 on NBC (1 pm ET/10 am PT) as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME event is held annually at the high-performance Lower Trestles surf break at San Onofre State Park in San Clemente, California. With $250,000 on the line, consistently good conditions and the most valuable trophy in surfing (a 14-karat gold railroad spike valued at $40,000), the Nike Lowers Pro is always a who’s who of the world’s top surfing talent.
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the Nike Lowers Pro offers the deadly combination of a high-performance wave and the best surfing talent, both seasoned professionals and up-and-comers, which pushes the boundaries of typical contest surfing. Aerials and other progressive maneuvers are the norm in this event with conditions that typically cater to the highest level of performance seen in contest surfing today. It’s not uncommon to see perfect-10 scores.
With a field of 96 competitors, a win at the Nike Lowers Pro is equivalent in ratings points to a third-place finish at an ASP World Tour event. For this reason, most of the World’s Elite 34 show up to compete. Past winners have included World Champions Kelly Slater, the late Andy Irons, and the legendary Tom Curren, to name a few.
The last few years have seen a surge in the uprising of young Brazilian talent. Tune in to see highlights from the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final, as well as, some of the world’s most progressive talent such as John John Florence and Gabriel Medina.
The Nike Lowers Pro is part of the Red Bull Signature Series – made up of 35 hours of one-of-a-kind programming on NBC and the NBC Sports Network all year long. Red Bull Media House and Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, are building the most progressive and innovative snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. Go to http://www.redbullsignatureseries.com/video/nike-lowers-pro-trestles for Nike Lowers Pro preview videos, photo galleries and to see more of the action that makes up the Red Bull Signature Series.
Upcoming Red Bull Signature Series programming includes:
• Red Bull X-Fighters – Istanbul (June 26 at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT on NBC Sports Network): The world’s best freestyle motocross riders travel the globe to compete in the premiere FMX series in front of thousands of fans at some of the most iconic locations on the planet.