Quiksilver Pro 2001 – Day Two

Fog Fails to Cool Competition atQuiksilver Pro Day 2

Lower Trestles, California

A fog bank blanketing the coast bymid-morning failed to put a damper on thesecond day of competition during theQuiksilver Pro, as a healthy south swellcontinued to elevate the performance leveland keep contestants stoked on Day 2.

In the early going, fortunes were mixedfor two local pro surfing veterans and crowdfavorites. San Clemente’s Jim Hogan was acasualty of a long lull and the lack of astrong third-wave score, while Jeff Boothof Laguna Beach was able to pull off a goodthird wave near the end of his heat toadvance to the next round.

By 11 a.m., a thick fog bank rolled toshore, adding some texture to the 3- to5-foot swell that was still strong but not asclean as the classic conditions of Day 1. Atone point, the judges moved from thescaffold platform to a booth set up atwater’s edge to improve their view of theaction in the water. Despite the fog, thoseexiting the water were still highly pleasedwith the wave conditions at “Lowers,” oneof Southern California’s premier pointbreaks.

Among those advancing easily out ofthe Round of 160 were San Clemente supergrom Travis Mellum, San Diego’s IanRotgans and Kyle Knox, Todd Morcom ofHawai’i, Benji Severson and Tim Frisk.California’s Ricky Schaffer registered thehigh heat score of the day with a 22.40.

Trestles local Justin Mattison of SanClemente had no problem with the foggyconditions, and advanced easily. His heatwas delayed mid-way through due to a lackof visibility. “It was nice having a freesession out there, that was the best part.We had, what, 20 minutes out there toourselves. It was ideal. Lowers is such aperfect wave, it just pops up and there itis.” Mattison said he wasn’t concernedabout burning up his energy during theholding period. “I thought about it for asecond, then some waves came in and Icouldn’t resist.”

Strider Wasilewski was not so blessed.After advancing from the first heat of themorning in the clear conditions, he wasdenied in his second fog-shrouded heat. “Itwas a little harder to read the waves, ” saidWasilewski. “Near the end of the heat Ineeded a good score, and I can’t see farenough out to see if there’s a wave coming,so I’m groveling for what I can see, and thatdoesn’t help. If I would have known therewas a set coming, which you could see froma long ways out when it’s clear, I could havewaited, got the wave and won the heat. Ineeded one more wave. But it’s a contest,it’s pretty much based on luck. It’s still fun,it’s always good surfing no matter what.”

For Hawaiian Wiki Villa, surfing in thefog was a new experience, but he still cameaway winning his heat. Villa, 17, has seengood success on the WQS Tour so far,reaching the quarterfinals of the ColdWater Classic in Santa Cruz earlier thisyear. “First time I’ve ever surfed in thefog,” admitted Villa. “I missed two setsbecause of it. I thought they would go deepbut they went wide (south of the typicaltakeoff point). But there were some greatwaves though, that’s all that matters.”

Sixteen-year-old Travis Mellem lives “a15 minute bike ride away” from Lowers, soit was no surprise he advanced out of histwo heats today. “Surfing with the olderguys definitely makes you try harder andprove yourself,” said the hot amateur who’sjust as excited over getting his driver’slicense in two weeks. “It’s more or less funfor me, while the pros have more at stake.”

Robbie Schofield, one of three SouthAfricans competing in the Quiksilver Pro,also advanced out of the third round. “Ireally enjoy America, the people are reallyhospitable. And Trestles is one of the bestwaves I’ve surfed. It matches up easily withJeffrey’s Bay (the legendary South Africanright point), no barrel section but way morerippable.”Foggy conditions postponed the last fiveheats of Day 2. Day 3 will commence at 8a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Seeded surfersscheduled to compete include former worldchampion Tom Curren, ASP Top 44 surferTaylor Knox, and big wavelegends-in-the-making Peter Mel and MikeParsons.

 

Mens Round 2 (Round of 160) (3rd=65th, 229 pts — 4th =81st)

 

Heat 9

1st Rotgans, Ian USA 16.65

2nd Wasilawski, Strider HAW 16.60

3rd Bacha, Brandt USA 14.35

4th Nakamura, Greg USA 14.30

Heat 10

1st Mellem, Travis USA 17.50

2nd Heite, Jeremy USA 13.00

3rd Falk, Chris USA 10.00

4th Diamond, Eric USA 7.25

Heat 11

1st Bryce, Cohn USA 20.25

2nd Wonders, Aaron USA 16.75

3rd Shelton, Bryan USA 15.75

4th Baughman, Dave USA 14.45

Heat 12

1st Morcom, Todd HAW 14.50

2nd Clen, Mike USA 14.10

3rd Hogan, Jim USA 11.70

4th Barga, Paul USA 9.75

Heat 13

1st Severson, Benji USA 21.00

2nd Kaenan, Zach USA 19.75

3rd Jaffery, Rodger USA 13.60

4th Mullins, Julian USA 7.75

Heat 14

1st Frisk, Tim USA 16.00

2nd Delmorro, Chris USA 15.40

3rd Baugh, Sam USA 14.95

4th Stauffer, Joe USA 12.00

Heat 15

1st Knox, Kyle USA 15.90

2nd Kennedy, Dan USA 15.35

3rd Wells, Chad USA 13.35

4th Heart, Bryce USA 10.40

Heat 16

1st Booth, Jeff USA 17.10

2nd Simmons, Wyatt USA 15.90

3rd Yeomans, Nathan USA 15.25

4th Tiliakos, Seth USA 10.40

 

 

Mens Round 3 (Round of 128)(3rd_65th, 229pts. 4th=81st)

Heat 1

1st Walsh, Frank HAW 19.85

2nd Hoisington, Mike USA 17.85

3rd Pribram, James USA 14.25

4th Denning, Josh USA 12.10

Heat 2

1st Long, Greg USA 19.00

2nd Navarro, Ted USA 16.00

3rd Diaz, David USA 15.50

4th Bonds, Randy USA 10.00

Heat 3

1st Matteson, Justin USA 20.50

2nd Murphy, Kuille USA 13.25

3rd Plopper, Zach USA 12.40

4th Baron, Shaun USA 12.10

Heat 4

1st Maus, Pat USA 20.75

2nd Tipton, Branden USA 18.75

3RD Ryan, Jeremy USA 18.00

4th Mirandon, Eli USA 15.35

Heat 5

1st Hobson, Andy USA 19.60

2nd Whittaker, Llewellyn SAF 17.90

3rd Crush, James USA 12.90

4th Helm, Ryan USA 12.65

Heat 6

1st Giddings, David USA 20.25

2nd Taylor, CC USA 19.40

3rd Gahan, Andrew USA 18.40

4th Kline, Todd USA 17.60

Heat 7

1st Schaeffer, Ricky USA 22.40

2nd Cerny, Walt USA 16.35

3RD Johnson, Dane USA 16.05

4th Dias, Braden USA 14.65

Heat 8

1st Mc Carthy Kyle USA 18.35

2nd Soderquist, Eric USA 14.80

3rd Fox, Tyler USA 14.35

4th Dougherty, Brad USA 14.80

Heat 9

1st Villa, Wiki HAW 18.35

2nd Rotgans, Ian USA 15.90

3rd Wasilawski, Strider HAW 12.90

4th Tant, Will USA 11.75

Heat 10

1st Mellem, Travis USA 16.60

2nd Schofield, Robbie USA 14.85

3rd Heit, Jeremy USA 14.00

4th Smith, Tyler USA 12.65

Heat 11

1st Cormican, Aaron USA 21.75

2nd Elmer, Seth USA 19.00

3rd Wonders, Aaron USA 13.25

4th Bryce, Cohn USA 12.15

 

Hea
t #12 postponed (fog) until 4/26/01 @ 8:00am

Semifinals and Finals of Men’s WQS Main and Airshow Saturday April 28, 2001