Nestled on a swath of protected land, Trestles is a surf sanctuary. With a rock bottom, the pride of San Clemente produces consistent, world-class waves at multiple breaks. After former President Richard Nixon signed a bill to ban development there, surfers flocked to the new mecca and it became known as a home for progression in the sport.
The 2015 Hurley Trestles Pro will be the 15th Championship Tour (CT) event at Lowers, the most hollow of the area's breaks. The contest has seen dozens of pros push the level of surfing on the spot's perfect faces. In 2012, Kelly Slater (USA) won there for the sixth time, marking the 50th event win of his career. The photos that follow feature him and the some of the others who have changed ideas of what's possible at the progressive break.