Hawaiian Jesse Merle-Jones Takes Inaugural Koastalkaos.com Pro In Oceanside

May 12, 2008: – – Oceanside – Jesse Merle-Jones (North Shore, HI) has taken out the inaugural Koastalkaos.com Pro in rippable three-to-four foot (metre) surf in Oceanside yesterday over fellow finalists Shey Yates (Carlsbad, CA), Jason Miller (San Clemente, CA) and Sunny Garcia (North Shore, HI à San Clemente, CA).

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 1-Star event culminated the weekend’s worth of competition today at Oceanside Harbor’s North Jetty, and despite deteriorating conditions this afternoon, the finalists put on quite a show.

Merle-Jones built momentum throughout the day, securing the day’s high single-wave score of a 9.0 out of a possible 10 in his Quarterfinal heat this morning, and the powerful goofy-footer proved the goods in the hard-fought final, utilizing his compact frame and impressive rail work to come away with the win.