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Improved Conditions Bring Explosive Action to Round 3 of 6.0 Lowers Pro
Lower Trestles. Photo: Carl Steindler
SAN CLEMENTE, California (Thursday, April 30, 2009) - Exciting action continued in Round 3 of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro today when the event's top performers donated spectacular surfing in the best conditions of the event. The two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf on offer also hosted the opening round of the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior and saw young goofy-footer Conner Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA), 15, post the event's first perfect 10-point-ride.
With the 6.0 Lowers Pro offering the maximum amount of points towards qualification for the ASP Dream Tour due to its 6-Star PRIME status, the event plays an integral role in all surfers 2009 campaigns. The ASP North America Pro Junior Series acts as a qualifier for the ASP World Junior Championships. At year's end, each region sends its top seeds to do battle in Narrabeen, Australia in an attempt to take out the title of ASP World Junior Champion.
Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 17, continued to dominate the righthand walls of Lower Trestles on his backhand today, unleashing the day's highest single wave score of 6.0 Lowers Pro competition, a near-perfect 9.57 out of 10. Young needed a nine-point-ride to advance through his Round 3 heat and earned the score in the dying minutes to progress through to Round 4.
"I pretty much had counted myself out of the heat by then," Young said. "Once I saw that wave I knew it was going to be a good right and I just surfed it. Towards the end I was thinking, I could actually get the score!"
The impressive result by the Santa Cruz talent will earn him the most points of his career on the ASP WQS, significantly helping his seed on the The Grind. Young will now enter in to the three-man heat format utilized in ASP 6-Star PRIME competition and will face a stacked heat against current ASP World Tour No. 5 C.J. Hobgood (Melbourne, FL), 29, and ASP World Tour sophomore Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA), 23, tomorrow.
"I think this is the most points I've ever gotten, so I'm stoked," Young said. "Plus, next heat is only a three-man heat, so it's one less person in the water out at Lowers. If I get through that heat I'll be stoked."
Adriano De Souza (Guaruja Sao Paulo, BRA), 22, was a standout in yesterday's action and continued to flare today when he donated the highest heat total of 6.0 Lowers Pro competition when he dropped a 17.43 out of 20 to advance through to Round 4.
"I feel a little bit more consistent today," De Souza said. "I've been getting lucky, everything has been going my way and my boards have been going really good."
Although Lower Trestles' rights often offer the highest scoring potential, the young Brazilian has been capitalizing on the steep lefthand walls to earn his top scores. De Souza is planning to use the same strategy as the event progresses.
"I've really been getting my best waves on the lefts," De Souza said. "My three best waves in that heat were lefts and yesterday I was able to get big scores on the left handers instead of the rights and I think tomorrow will be the same because I'm surfing around the same tide."
Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 20, showed why he is considered by several of his peers to be one of the most progressive surfers on the planet when he dropped an 8.33 out of 10 with only two maneuvers. The Lahaina local blasted a radical tail-drifting first turn and followed up with a massive frontside air-reverse on a closeout section to earn the score, eventually allowing him to convincingly win his heat.
"The wave didn't offer a whole lot, so it was either go for it or get a 3-point-score," Payne said. "That's what I had to do to make it through the heat because there are not a lot of waves and hopefully you come up on top."
2008 was Payne's final year in the ASP Pro Junior Series and the young Hawaiian is having a successful campaign on the ASP WQS this year. The talented regular-footer is currently rated 16th overall on the ASP WQS and taking his quest for qualification for the ASP Dream Tour event-by-event.
"I'm just going event-by-event and am going to see where I am halfway through the year," Payne said. "If I'm in the top 16 at the halfway point in the year I'm definitely going to make a push to qualify. It's my dream to be on the World Tour, so we'll see how the year goes."
Coffin got off to a slow start in his opening 2009 ASP North America Pro Junior heat, but he eventually calmed his nerves enough to annihilate a Lowers lefthander to earn the first perfect 10-point-score of Oakley Pro Junior competition with several vertical forehand blasts. The jaw-dropping performance was added to another near-perfect 9.67, which was also earned on a left.
"I had started out that heat so bad," Coffin said. "I was so nervous and I got a beautiful right and fell. I didn't even know what I was doing. Then I got those two lefts."
Coffin is making good use of the entrance he earned into the Oakley Pro Junior as a wildcard and is enjoying surfing Lowers with only three other guys in the lineup.
"I'm only in to this contest because Oakley gave me a wildcard," Coffin said. "I'm so stoked that I can compete in this event. There were so many waves in my heat and it's so fun to surf Lowers with only a few guys out."
Tomorrow's action will see the 6.0 Lowers Pro complete Round 4 as well as Round 5 before it returns to Oakley Pro Junior competition. The day's opening Round 4 heat will be an all-Hawaiian heat including ASP World Tour surfer Fred Patacchia (North Shore, HI), 27, Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 20, and Evan Valiere (Kauai, HI). For all of the LIVE 6.0 Lowers Pro and Oakley Pro Junior action log on to www.nike6lowerspro.com
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6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 48 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.34, Chris Ward (USA) 13.50, Micah Byrne (USA) 11.16, William Cardoso (BRA) 9.57
Heat 2: Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.83, Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.16, Che Stang (USA) 9.17, Joel Centeio (HAW) 2.50
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.90, Evan Valiere (HAW) 11.30, Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.73, Mike Losness (USA) 9.02
Heat 4: Tim Boal (FRA) 10.73, Simao Romao (BRA) 10.67, Dylan Graves (PRI) 10.20, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 8.06
Heat 5: Jay Thompson (AUS) 15.30, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.84, Flynn Novak (HAW) 14.24, Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.73
Heat 6: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 13.40, Neco Padaratz (BRA) 12.63, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.77, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 6.67
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.76, Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.13, Charlie Brown (BRA) 10.10
Heat 8: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 17.03, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 16.53, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.70, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 10.27
Heat 9: Daniel Ross (AUS) 14.16, Chris Waring (USA) 13.37, Austin Ware (USA) 13.16, Taylor Knox (USA) 12.70
Heat 10: Rob Machado (USA) 16.74, Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00, Marcio Farney (BRA) 11.73, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.97
Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) 15.66, Nat Young (USA) 14.57, Shea Lopez (USA) 14.27, Alain Riou (PYF) 12.77
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.66, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.27, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 12.57, Luke Dorrington (AUS) 11.33
Oakley Pro Junior Round of 48 Heats: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Luke Davis (USA) 15.07, Guilherme Ramalho (BRA) 11.67, Riley Metcalf (USA) 10.67
Heat 2: Dege O'Connell (HAW) 16.33, Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 11.00, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 10.67, Icaro Ronchi (BRA) 10.43
Heat 3: Matt Meola (HAW) 15.00, Kyle Kennelly (USA) 10.14, Matt Pagan (USA) 8.47, Brett Barley (USA) 3.80
Heat 4: Conner Coffin (USA) 19.67, Koa Smith (HAW) 13.90, Rob Kelly (USA) 13.23, Isaac Stant (HAW) 11.07
Heat 5: Spencer Regan (USA) 16.40, Chris Friend (AUS) 13.13, Mikey McCabe (USA) 11.67, Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 8.97
Heat 6: Victor Done (USA) 13.37, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 13.10, Dane Zaun (USA) 12.30, Nick Rupp (USA) 10.40
Heat 7: Davey Cathels (AUS) 16.33, Kealamaka Naihe (HAW) 10.96, Evan Thompson (USA) 13.00, Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 9.87
Heat 8: Gabe Garcia (USA) 14.07, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.70, Sean Poynter (USA) 7.86, Hunter Heverly (USA) 7.43
Oakley Pro Junior Round of 32 Heats: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Andrew Doheny (USA) 16.00, Luke Davis (USA) 12.46, Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.10, Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 9.87
Heat 2: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 11.66, Dege O'Connell (HAW) 9.83, Guilherme Ramalho (BRA) 9.03, Michael Dunphy (USA)4.56