OC’s Lowers Pro surfing contest canceled

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — A contest that drew world-class surfers to Orange County has been canceled for the first time in 24 years because it couldn’t find a sponsor.

The Orange County Register says the Lowers Pro was scheduled to run April 30 through May 4 at Lower Trestles, a surfing spot south of San Clemente.

The event was sponsored by Nike for the past five years but the sportswear company pulled out of surfing last year and contest organizers couldn’t replace it in time. It’s expected to resume next year.

Two other surfing events at Lower Trestles — The Hurley Pro and Surfing America USA Championships — will be held later this year.

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