When the newly revamped 2010 Dream Tour debuts on the Gold Coast of Australia next month, the United States will be fielding four new rookies to the tour’s roster in the forms of Pat and Tanner Gudauskas, Brett Simpson, and Nate Yeomans. Each of the rookies who have qualified are from California.
Maui’s Dusty Payne also qualified but is not listed as an American as historically Hawaiian surfers have been viewed independently from the United States. Irregardless, the American lines will represent nearly 22 percent of surfers on tour, the second strongest showing behind Australia who hosts 46 percent of the qualifiers.
“What can I say? It feels great,” said Simpson about qualifying during an interview in Hawaii. Simpson, along with fellow qualifier Nate Yeomans, were both coached in part by the legendary Ian Cairns. Simpson finished the season at 10th while Yeomans ended at eighth. Both surfers have been standout on the world stage for the past few years but are just now earning their World Tour stripes.
For Tanner and Pat Gudauskas, two surfers that seem to epitomize California style both in and out of the water, qualifying for the Tour was a dream come true, as evidenced by the full-froth posting on their blog. Unfortunately the third brother, Dane Gudauskas will be slogging it out on the WQS all by his lonesome.
The four new qualifiers will join the likes of Kelly Slater, Bobby Martinez, Taylor Knox, The Hobgoods and Dane Reynolds as the Americans on tour. Keep a look out on the Yanks next year, because in 2010, we’re out in force.