August 28, 2003 (ASP Int’l, Aus) The Boost Mobile Pro presented byQuiksilver at Lower Trestles, California, is now just one week from itsscheduled start date. Being the only ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) eventon the US mainland, the famed venue is sure to highlight some of the mostprogressive competitive surfing ever witnessed as the race for this year’sworld crown heats up.
The Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver will be held September 4-13th,with the 5-day competition period selected by forecasting the best swellwindow. The event will be the seventh leg of the 12 round World ChampionshipTour, following events in equally pre-eminent wave locations in Australia,Tahiti, Fiji, Japan and South Africa. The World’s top 45 surfers, plus threewildcards, will compete for over US$250,000 in prizemoney.
An epic showdown between reigning world champion Andy Irons (Kauai, Haw) andsix-time world champ and current #2 Kelly Slater (FL, USA) is gearing up asthe main attraction. Irons, who won the first WCT staged at Trestles in2000, still holds a comfortable lead this year following three major wins inAustralia, Fiji and Japan, but snapping closest to his heels is none otherthan Slater. The Floridian won his first professional event at Trestles morethan a decade ago, but more recently displayed incredible form to secure hissecond tournament win of the year at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, lastmonth. Still some 600 points behind, the 31-year-old knows the importance ofthe Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver and will have all guns blazingas he strives to clinch an unprecedented seventh world crown in 2003.
“It’ll be a really important event,” said Slater of competing at Trestles.””I feel like my surfing is always at its top level when I’m out there. It’sa really easy wave for my approach, so if I can just keep my confidencetogether and the approach going the way it is, I think it’ll work out.”
ASP President Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew summed up the sentiments of most,as the countdown for the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver continues.
“Last years event is a very hard act to follow, but we are in the absolutebest window for surf, and the fact that Andy Irons and Kelly Slater havedominated the past five WCT’s brings a great Title race to Californianshores. Lowers is THE high performance wave, that’s what the WCT is about,and this is the showdown a lot of people have been waiting for.”
Boost Mobile team rider Luke Egan (Gold Coast, Aus) stormed away with the2002 title in perfect conditions and is fired up give this year’s eventanother solid bash.
“Stoked that we are back at Trestles again,” said Egan. “If we get half thegood waves that we had last year I’ll be happy. And I would like topre-thank the locals for letting us have the break for the contest. The top45 are thankful for being able to bring WCT surfing to the kids of southernCalifornia in the best waves around the area. I think the surfing will beeven better than last year, as everyone has been ripping and have definitelyraised the bar since Trestles last year.”
Ratings #24 Trent Munro (Scotts Head, Aus) will be another major contender.The Australian suffered ligament damage to his knee during last year’s eventand ultimately missed the conclusion of the 2002 season. Nonetheless, he hadalready secured enough points to re-qualify and on this year’s WorldQualifying Series (WQS) he’s been virtually unstoppable, winning three ofthe major tournaments – including the past two 6-Star events in France thismonth.
Contest directors Mike Parsons (USA) will be making the tough decision nextMonday – September 1st – as to the actual days competition will be held atTrestles, since State Park permit restrictions don’t allow a wait-and-seeapproach. Forecasts are looking promising for an immediate start, thoughorganizers aren’t able to run on both of the following weekend days,regardless of conditions. Further details will be posted when choseen datesare known.