World's Top Surfers will Compete at Trestles in California Next Month
IRVINE and COSTA MESA, Calif. – Boost Mobile and Hurley today announced the final competition roster including the names of the three wildcard contestants invited to compete at the 2008 Boost Mobile Pro of Surf presented by Hurley – the next stop on the ASP World Championship Tour and the only tour event held on the U.S. Mainland. Bolstering an already stacked field of surfers competing in this year's Boost Mobile Pro, wildcard highlights include former ASP World No. 2 Rob Machado (USA), Brett Simpson (USA) and Yadin Nicol (AUS). With last years BMP wildcards going on to qualify for the WCT (Dane Reynolds & Jordy Smith), both Brett Simpson (7th in the WQS & rookie of year) & Yadin Nicol (one of the most photographed surfers of the past year) are hoping to follow this lead which adds to the excitement of this year's wildcard draw.
“It's always an honor to have the chance to compete against the best surfers in the world," says Boost Mobile and Hurley team rider and wildcard contestant Rob Machado. "Lower Trestles is one the best waves in California, if not the best and to be able to have a shot at the Boost Mobile title is something I don't take lightly. I’m looking forward to getting out there and giving it all I got.”
"Yea it's great [to win a wildcard spot]. Just awesome for Hurley to be sponsoring it and give us guys a chance," says Hurley team rider and wildcard winner Brett Simpson. "You know we've grinded out all year on the QS Tour and then it's just nice to get to surf against the big boys now. Just relax and have fun and hopefully take some guys down."
The three wildcard contestants will be pitted against the World's top 46 pro surfers at the only ASP World Tour stop on the mainland U.S. September 7 -13, 2008 at Lower Trestles, California. The competitive field in ranking order after the Jeffreys Bay, South Africa tour stop includes:
Kelly Slater (USA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS), Adriano de Souza (BRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Bobby Martinez (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Kai Otton (AUS), Luke Stedman (AUS), Tim Reyes (USA), Dayyan Neve (AUS), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Roy Powers (HAW), Dean Morrison (AUS), Bruce Irons (HAW), Dane Reynolds (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Taylor Knox (USA), Jay Thompson (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Ben Dunn (AUS), Mikael Picon (FRA), Luke Monro (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Chris Ward (USA), Neco Padaratz (BRA), Leonardo Neves (BRA), Michael Campbell (AUS), Daniel Wills (AUS), Royden Bryson (ZAF), Ben Bourgeois (USA), Pancho Sullivan (HAW), Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Tiago Pires (PRT), Jihad Khodar (BRA), Daniel Ross (AUS), Rickey Basnett (ZAF), Aritz Aranburu (EUK), and Nic Muscroft (AUS).
The event minisite can be accessed via www.boostmobilepro.com where trials highlights, behind-the-scenes action, in-depth surf analysis and exclusive downloads will be available later this month. Members of the media can also visit www.boostmobilepro.com now to fill out an online application for media passes to cover mainland America's only ASP World Tour event.
The event will be webcast live on www.boostmobilepro.com starting September 7, 2008.
About Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile is a lifestyle brand and division of Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) that offers wireless phones and services with no contracts, credit checks or activation fees. Boost is among the most popular prepaid wireless brands in the U.S. and now has 4.4 million customers – the majority of which are 18 to 34 years old. Boost-branded wireless phones with its exclusive Boost® Walkie-Talkie service are available nationwide at approximately 17,500 major retail and independent wireless dealer locations; with Re-Boost® available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the U.S. Purchase and experience Boost on the web at MySpace, Facebook and www.boostmobile.com.
Hurley is a leading global youth brand with strong roots in surf, skate, art and music. Hurley develops world-class products for guys, girls, and kids, including sportswear, footwear, eyewear, accessories, girl's swimwear and wetsuits. A wholly-owned, independently run subsidiary of Nike, Inc., Hurley is located in Costa Mesa, CA, with international offices in Tokyo, Sydney and Barcelona.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing's undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP Men's World Tour, the ASP Women's World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America. These regions manage all their respective domestic affairs under the guidance of ASP International, which is located on the Gold Coast of Australia. ASP International and ASP North America are committed to the progression of surfing and are dedicated to continuing excellent relationships with their surfers, event operators, sponsors and media. For more information log onto www.aspworldtour.com.