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Surf Central

Sep 11 2015
The Players' Tribune
The Voice of the Game
Sep 11 2015

Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, is surf central this week, as Hurricane Linda kicks up big swell for the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro contests. The Players’ Tribune hit the shore for a first hand look at the action.

Photographs by Robert Beck/The Players’ Tribune


The point at Lower Trestles has been built up by the cobblestones that washes down the stream. It's tricky to walk over them to get to the surf but they have created one of the most famous point breaks in the world.Cobblestones at the point at Lowers.Hurley team rider John John Florence weaves a deep carve on a perfect Lowers wave.Julian Wilson with style.Kelly Slater airs it out. Anyone is allowed in the water during practice sessions and it can get fairly crowded. Ian Crane snagged a wave to himself but the folks behind him were not so lucky.Bethany Hamilton lost an arm but survived a shark attack in 2003. She still rips with the best of them. Did we mention she just had a baby two weeks ago? Bethany is one of the Wild Cards in the Swatch Women's Pro that is being run in conjunction with the Hurley Pro. Kelly draws out a long rail carve. Carissa Moore is currently ranked #2 in the world. She's looking to climb to #1 with moves like this (left,) Brazilian Filipe Toledo is currently ranked #4 on the tour (right.)Silvana Lima of Brazil goes big on a Trestles ramp (left,) and Noah Beschen struts his stuff in front of the big boys (right.) Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark during the finals of a contest in South Africa earlier this year, here the three time World Champ attacks this Trestles wall.John John Florence goes big in anything. He stuck this crazy air in practice on Tuesday.Former US Open winner Brett Simpson shows how it's done.Hawaiian Keanu Asing is surfing on the World Tour for the first time this year. He is currently ranked #22.More air during warm-ups.Surf coach Ricky Schaffer almost gets tied up with Kelly Slater prior to Kelly's first heat.Trestles is named for the bridges that lift the railroad tracks over the stream that empties into the Pacific Ocean. Surfers walk down the trails past the freeway and over the tracks to get to the beach.At the end of the day everyone makes their way back up the trails.

The Players' Tribune
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