HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Friday, March 26, 2010) – The top seeds of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack's Surfboards took to the water today with Chris Waring smashing the day's highest single wave score of a 9.00 out of 10 while young Hawaiian Dylan Goodale (Kauai, HI), 18, issued the upset of the day by defeating the defending event champion Mike Losness (San Clemente, CA), 28.
Surfers competing in the Vans Pier Classic are looking to capture the valuable ratings points on offer to catapult themselves to the top of the ASP WQS ratings to eventually qualify for the ASP World Tour. Ezekiel Pro Junior competitors are out to finish atop the ASP North America Pro Junior Series to qualify for this year's inaugural ASP World Junior Tour.
Waring battled through his Round 4 heat despite having the flu and unleashed the day's highest single wave score with vertical top-to-bottom backside surfing on a steep lefthand Huntington wall.
"I didn't even know that I got a 9," Waring said. "I've been feeling really weak and I've been sick lately, so I was just trying to get through the heat. It felt tiring to even paddle back out."
Waring, who has launched a full international attack on the top ASP WQS events this year in an attempt to qualify for the ASP Dream Tour, is enjoying competing in an even in his backyard.
"I've already done the some 6-Stars in Brazil and I'm going to Scotland," Waring said. "This contest is just right at home and it's a lot of fun."
Although Waring posted the day's top single wave score, he still finished runner-up in his heat to in-form Floridian Cody Thompson (Jacksonville, FL), 20, who clinched his heat win over Waring with a 14.85 out of 20 heat total, one of the day's highest, with a last second wave.
"I wasn't really nervous and I knew that wave was going to be a good one," Thompson said. "I was more worried if there was a wave behind mine. That left kind of looked like it was going to close out, but it opened up and I was able to get the score."
The talented East Coaster is currently competing in his first full year on the ASP WQS after spending his early years as an ASP North America Pro Junior Series standout and is looking to build his seed throughout the season before launching a full attack on the global circuit.
"I'm doing some international contests and want to start to build my seed," Thompson said. "I really love doing this event and always have fun here. I'm looking forward to my next heat."
Hawaiian talent Dylan Goodale issued the upset of the event when he ruined defending event champion Mike Losness' chances of a repeat performance by eliminating the former Vans Pier Classic winner in the Round of 64 with critical surfing on a few wedgy lefthanders.
"I started out on those rights, but I saw Losness getting those good lefts," Goodale said. "I ended up moving over and was able to get a couple to get through. It's always good to start an event strong, so I'm happy to come away with the heat win."
Also included in today's action was the completion of Round 2 of the Ezekiel Pro Junior. Tomorrow's action will see the event's top performers push through the Round of 32 and will be followed by Rounds 3 and 4 of ASP North America Pro Junior Series competition.
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Vans Pier Classic Round of 64 Results:
Heat 1: Luke Davis (USA) 11.50, Peter Mel (USA) 11.30, Victor Done (USA) 10.50, Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW) 9.20
Heat 2: Nils Schweizer (USA) 11.75, Tom Rezvan (USA) 9.50, Jason Harris (USA) 8.40, Willie Safreed (USA) 6.50
Heat 3: Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.80, Albee Layer (HAW) 9.40, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 9.25, Ashton Madeley (USA) 6.90
Heat 4: Alex Smith (HAW) 11.90, Cristobal De Col (PER) 9.55, Magnum Martinez (VEN) 7.75, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 7.07
Heat 5: Ian Crane (USA) 11.05, Ryah Arthur (USA) 8.85, Matt Johnson (USA) 8.25, Colin Dwyer (USA) 6.55
Heat 6: Jason Collins (USA) 9.65, Brandon Barnes (USA) 8.75, Derek Peters (USA) 7.85, Liam McNamara (HAW) 7.40
Heat 7: Macy Mullen (HAW) 12.00, Taylor Thorne (USA) 11.40, Dege O'Connell (HAW) 7.50, Dean Randazzo (USA) 6.50
Heat 8: Cody Thompson (USA) 14.85, Chris Waring (USA) 14.00, Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.85, Gabe Garcia (USA) 6.35
Heat 9: Matt King (USA) 11.40, Anthony Petruso (USA) 11.15, Rob Kelly (USA) 10.00, Jared Thorne (USA) 8.85
Heat 10: Evan Thompson (USA) 13.00, Justin McBride (USA) 11.80, Bobby Morris (USA) 10.75, Tyler Payne (USA) 6.75
Heat 11: Ricky Whitlock (USA) 14.25, Tyler Newton (HAW) 12.70, Andrew Doheny (USA) 10.85, Chase Wilson (USA)
Heat 12: Brandon Guilmette (USA) 15.50, Asher Nolan (USA) 11.90, Shaun Ward (USA) 9.55, Sean Marceron (USA) 7.65
Heat 13: Nick Riley (AUS) 13.25, Micah Byrne (USA) 13.00, Austin Smith-Ford (USA) 12.00, David Giddings (USA) 4.85
Heat 14: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 12.80, Nick Rupp (USA) 11.00, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 10.65, Matt Keenan (USA) 9.90
Heat 15: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 11.55, Adam Lambert (USA) 9.60, Mike Losness (USA) 9.50, Levi Gonzales (HAW) 8.85
Heat 16: Jimmy Herrick (USA) 13.75, Ted Navarro (USA) 12.50, Shaun Burrell (USA) 8.20, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 5.50
Ezekiel Pro Junior presented by Jack’s Surfboards Round of 48 Results:
Heat 1: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 16.45, Gabe Garcia (USA) 13.50, Jacob Halstead (USA) 12.00, Makai McNamara (HAW) 6.60
Heat 2: Jared Thorne (USA) 11.50, Levi Gonzales (HAW) 11.40, Ian Crane (USA) 8.30, Scott Weinhardt (USA) 7.40
Ezekiel Pro Junior presented by Jack's Surfboards Round of 64 Results:
Heat 5: Brandon Barnes (USA) 11.00, Billy Hopkins (USA) 10.50, Eli Viszolay (USA) 8.15, Shaun Burns (USA) 6.65
Heat 6: Conrad Carr (USA) 12.25, Taylor Clark (USA) 11.15, Keto Burns (USA) 9.00, Juan Carlso Martinez (PRI) 5.75
Heat 7: Evan Kane (USA) 11.90, Colton Larson (USA) 10.30, Colton Sarlo (USA) 7.10, Steven Harris (USA) 4.80
Heat 8: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.30, Doug Van Mierlo (USA) 9.90, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.75, Ryan Croteau (USA) 6.25