Shane Beschen Eyes Fifth Title At 6.0 Lowers Pro Day 3

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America

6.0 Lowers Pro (ASP WQS 4-Star)
Event No. 3 on the 2008 ASP North America World Qualifying Series (Men)
Oakley Pro Junior    
Event No. 3 on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series (Men)
Lower Trestles, California, United States of America
April 29 – May 3, 2008

SAN CLEMENTE, California (Thursday, May 1, 2008) – Shane Beschen (San Clemente, CA), four-time past champion of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) at Lower Trestles (1992, 1993, 1996, 2003), set his sights on an unprecedented fifth event title today, dominating his Round 5 heat in the 6.0 Lowers Pro in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Lowers Trestles.

Beschen, competing in his fourth heat of the 2008 6.0 Lowers Pro this afternoon, drew current ASP World Tour stalwart Adriano de Souza (BRA), Australian upstart James Woods (Lennox Head, AUS) and event wildcard, 15-year old Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI).

“There was a lot of hype surrounding the heat with Carissa (Moore) in it because she was the first girl to surf the event, but I just went out and tried to surf it like any other heat,” Beschen said.  “I think everyone was looking at it the same way – we all just went out there and surfed.”

Beschen dominated the heat, locking in the highest heat total of the event, an 18.10 out of a possible 20, for his blistering backhand assault and swooping forehand carves.

“I started out a bit slow but got that lefthander that allowed me to open up and that’s when I started picking up the momentum,” Beschen said. “Adriano (de Souza) was ripping as well and I got a really good righthander at the end to edge past him at the end.  My equipment is feeling really good and I’m happy to get through another heat.”

Shaun Ward (Huntington Beach, CA), the only returning finalist from last season’s ASP WQS event at Lowers, scored a solid victory in his Round 5 heat this afternoon, coming from behind in the dying moments to post an impressive 16.53 out of a possible 20.

“That was a weird heat because I started out really strong and then I was out of position for about 15 minutes,” Ward said.  “Thankfully that wave came through at the end and I was able to get a good backup score.  The surf is really fun and there is supposed to be more on the way.  I’ve been training like crazy, so bring it on.”

Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 2006 Macy’s California Trifecta Champion and current No. 35 on the ASP WQS, was another standout local this afternoon, netting and impressive 16.34 out of a possible 20 to advance through to Round 6.

“It was one of those heats where the waves came to me,” Yeomans said.  “That south started to pulse through and we had some good sets.     I was able to line up a few and get some good maneuvers in.”

Yeomans is coming off one of the first international legs of the 2008 ASP WQS season, and will look to put his years of experience at Lower Trestles to good use at the 6.0 Lowers Pro.

“The goal every year is to qualify for the ASP World Tour,” Yeomans said.  “It’s still early in the season and I’ve gotten a few okay results, but need to have a breakaway result.  We’re on the road so much this year that it’s nice to have an event at home and looks like we could have good swell for it so I’m pumped.”

Kiron Jabour (Haleiwa, HI), 17 years old, advanced through his fourth heat of the 6.0 Lowers Pro this afternoon, dispatching of past event champion Dustin Cuizon (Ewa Beach, HI) and Gabriel Villaran (Lima, PER) in the process.

“I try not to think about who I’m competing against out in the water and just focus on my surfing,” Jabour said.  “I’ve had a pretty good run so far and I’m just hoping I can get waves and get through heats.”

Jabour will continue his 6.0 Lowers Pro campaign tomorroww in addition to starting his run in the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior.

Tomorrow will see the 6.0 Lowers Pro continue with the completion of Rounds 4 and 5 before the start of the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior.

All 6.0 Lowers Pro action is being webcast LIVE via www.nike6lowerspro.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org.

RESULTS – Day 3

6.0 Lowers Pro – ASP WQS 4-Star Event
Round 4: 96 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 3: Nick Rozsa (USA) 11.70, Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 11.53, Aaron Cormican (USA) 10.33, Zach Keenan (USA) 7.20
Heat 4: Dane Johnson (USA) 12.67, Jesse Heilman (USA) 11.50, Ezra Sitt (HAW) 7.00, Kyle Garson (USA) 5.38
Heat 5: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 16.00, Richie Collins (USA) 12.16, Joel Reading (AUS) 9.27, Josh Lewan (AUS) 6.57
Heat 6: Sean Marceron (USA) 12.60, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 11.77, Chris Waring (USA) 9.03, Myles Padaca (HAW) 7.07
Heat 7: Darrell Goodrum (USA) 13.00, James Woods (AUS) 10.33, Travis Beckman (USA) 9.67, Michael Hoisington (USA) 9.40
Heat 8: Shane Beschen (USA) 15.83, Jason Collins (USA) 13.70, Wesley Larsen (HAW) 9.43, Marcus Hickman (HAW) 9.36
Heat 9: Kieran Horn (USA) 15.84, Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.76, Adam Wickwire (USA) 10.00, Kilian Garland (USA) 7.17
Heat 10: Adam Virs (USA) 14.00, Alex Smith (HAW) 13.76, Granger Larsen (HAW) 11.33, Brent Reilly (USA) 11.07
Heat 11: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 14.26, Torrey Meister (HAW) 12.70, Love Hodel (HAW) 6.73, David Rutherford (MEX) 5.86
Heat 12: Chaz Chidester (HAW) 13.17, Noi Kaulukui (USA) 10.50, Dillon Perillo (USA) 4.60, Hunter Heverly (USA) 3.77
Heat 13: Micah Byrne (USA) 10.34, Bud Freitas (USA) 6.63, Ryan Briggs (USA) 5.57, Albee Layer (HAW) 5.02
Heat 14: Sterling Spencer (USA) 13.97, Casey Brown (HAW) 12.50, Eric McHenry (USA) 8.34, Koa Smith (HAW) 7.67
Heat 15: Tyler Anderson (USA) 14.50, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 14.47, Blake Jones (USA) 13.86, Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW) 10.07
Heat 16: Che Stang (USA) 12.93, Nils Schweizer (USA) 10.06, Tommy O’Brien (USA) 9.64, Brandon Ragenovich (USA) 8.86

Round 5: 64 surfers remaining
Heat 1: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 15.67, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.40, Daniel Jones (HAW) 8.27, Dylan Graves (PRI) 7.52
Heat 2: Joel Centeio (HAW) 13.16, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.17, Shota Nakamura (JPN) 9.33, Dustin Barca (HAW) 8.50
Heat 3: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 16.34, Nick Rozsa (USA) 15.80, Jesse Heilman (USA) 12.67, Anthony Petruso (USA) 11.17
Heat 4: Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 14.06, Dane Johnson (USA) 13.37, Shea Lopez (USA) 13.06, Chris Ward (USA) 10.90
Heat 5: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 15.03, Asher Nolan (USA) 14.56, Dustin Cuizon (HAW) 13.90, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 8.93
Heat 6: Richie Collins (USA) 14.80, Sean Marceron (USA) 10.10, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 9.87, Diego Rosa (BRA) 9.10
Heat 7: Shaun Ward (USA) 16.53, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.83, Darrell Goodrum (USA) 14.26, Jason Collins (USA) 12.70
Heat 8: Shane Beschen (USA) 18.10, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.87, James Woods (AUS) 12.66, Carissa Moore (HAW) 6.90
Heat 9: Kieran Horn (USA) 8.97, Taylor Knox (USA) 8.76, Alex Smith (HAW) 7.17, Evan Geiselman (USA) 5.79
Heat 10: Cory Lopez (USA) 15.74, Mike Losness (USA) 10.54, Cory Arrambide (USA) 8.20, Adam Virs (USA) 6.32
Heat 11: Sean Moody (HAW) 13.96, Austin Ware (USA) 13.66, Noi Kaulukukui (USA) 10.69, Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 10.63