Travis Beckman. Photo: ASP North America
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, August 09, 2009) – After passing the halfway mark of the 2009 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) season, several campaigners on The Grind picked up their bags and headed over to Europe for the Relentless Boardmasters in association with Vans for the ASP 5-Star contest in Newquay, England. Travis Beckmann (Vero Beach, FL), 21, was the top American representative with a solid 17th place finish amongst the talented international field.
Surfers competing on the ASP WQS are out to gain points towards qualification for the ASP World Tour, with each surfer looking to claim one of 15 slots available for the elite series, allowing them to strive for the title of ASP World Champion against the top 45 competitive surfers on the globe each following year.
Beckmann launched out of the gates in strong form with a new board under his feet, earning some of the top scores in the early rounds en route to his career best finish on The Grind. The East Coast talent bested former ASP European Champion Spencer Hargraves (Newquay, GBR) and Portuguese talent Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) while advancing through to the latter rounds.
"I felt good competing out there and I just got a fantastic board ten days ago," Beckmann said. "I feel like I have glue on my feet on this board and it definitely helped a lot to score those two eight pointers during my heat. I am super stoked to start this way."
Beckmann, who represented America at last year's Billabong ASP World Junior Championships after a fourth place finish on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, is slowly acclimating himself in to ASP WQS competition, and the 17th place result at the Relentless Boardmasters will help the young Floridian's quest for a solid seed on The Grind.
"This year is like a cool relaxed year for me, just doing the events I really want to go to" Beckmann said. "I am more focused on me and on what I really want to do for the year which is more about getting back to what surfing really is. I will be off to Mexico to get barreled as soon as I am done here."
Beckmann's campaign will continue at this week's ASP 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido, which runs from August 12-19, 2009.
To check out the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido log on to quiksilver.com/puerto.
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