HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Tuesday, July 28, 2009) – Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson's heroic run at the massive ASP WQS 6-Star Hurley U.S. Open saw him bump up from eighth to fifth overall amongst the hungriest competitors on The Grind and puts him in excellent standing at the halfway mark on The ASP WQS.
All of the globe's ASP WQS members are competing for one of 15 spots on The Grind by year's end to their place alongside the elite that make up the ASP World Tour.
Simpson has been dedicating every waking moment to his quest for a spot on the ASP Dream Tour and his hard work has been paying off. The dedicated regular-footer was fresh off of a fifth place finish in Brazil and his amazing hometown win at the Hurley U.S. Open sets him in excellent position moving into the latter half of the year.
Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 23, who is the second alternate on the ASP Dream Tour due to his 17th overall finish last year, has continued to standout on The Grind in 2009 and marched to an impressive fifth place finish at the Hurley U.S. Open. Gudauskas' consistency sets him one spot behind Siimpson in sixth overall.
Tanner Gudaukas (San Clemente, CA), 21, finished 25th at the Huntington Beach contest and has slipped two spots from sixth to eighth, but his top 10 rating still keeps him in excellent shape for qualification for the ASP World Tour next year.
Other American surfers Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, is rated 12, and Austin Ware (Solana Beach, CA), 28, is sitting in the No. 13 position, to top out current American campaigners on the ASP WQS who are currently within the top 15 on The Grind.
The next stop on the ASP WQS will be the ASP 5-Star Relentless Boardmasters in Association with Vans which will run from August 4-9, 2009 in Fistral Beach, in Newquay, England.
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