Hawaiians Dominate Business End Of Van’s Pier Classic

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America

Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards World Qualifying Series
Event No. 2 on the 2008 ASP North America World Qualifying Series (Men)
Event No. 1 on the 2008 ASP North America World Qualifying Series (Women)
Ezekiel Pro Junior Presented by Jack’s Surfboards
Event No. 2 on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series (Men)
Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
March 26-30, 2008

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Saturday, March 29, 2008) The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America continued its World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-star event with the Van’s Pier Classic accompanied by the grade-two Ezekiel Pro Junior, both presented by Jack’s Surfboards, in two-to-four foot (1 metre) bumpy conditions at Huntington Beach Pier.

Today marked the completion of men’s round 5, and women’s round 1 of the Van’s Pier Classic, as well as rounds 2 and 3 of the Ezekiel Pro Junior. Only the finest surfers of the event remain after today’s competition, as champions will be crowned in each of their respective divisions tomorrow afternoon.

There was no shortage of excitement today, as the day’s most intense action was displayed early on in  men’s round 5. Kyle Ramey (Poipu Beach, HI) earned his spot in the quarter finals with a buzzer beating score of 8.5. This score combined with his previous 9.00, both scores out of possible 10.00 points, was the highest combination score of the day.

“I’m stoked, I just really wanted to get through that heat, and with both of the Gudauskas brothers, and Danny Fuller, it’s one of the hardest heats I’ve ever made, so I feel good going into the quarters,” Ramey said.

This nail biting finish knocked favored surfer, Tanner Gudauskas  (San Clemente, CA) out of the men’s WQS competition, as the youngest of the Gudauskas trio watched helplessly while his advancement alongside his brother and heat competitor Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA) slipped through his fingers as Ramey slashed his way to the beach.

Casey Brown, (Kona, HI) displayed his poise once again as he bagged another heat win over second place finisher  and WQS stand out, Nate Yeomans, (San Clemente, CA) as this Hawaiian Prodigy moved confidently into the quarter finals round.

“I feel good, it’s the best I’ve done so far this year, and the waves are good. It’s a little stormy out there, but there’s still some good ones, and I just try to play the patience game,” Brown said. ” I don’t try to stress out too much. I just try to have a clear mind and stay positive.”

The Ezekiel Pro Junior picked up where the men’s WQS competitors left off, proving that the talent in the Pro Junior’s field is top notch.

Tanner Gudauskas redeemed his round 5 WQS loss with a victory in his round 2 Pro Junior heat. The young goofy footer then followed his heat victory up by busting out the event’s single highest wave score, a near perfect 9.70 of possible 10.00 points, in round 3 of Pro Junior competition.

“Logan (Strook) had a sick heat, but I’m stoked on that wave. The surf is fun. It’s a little high tide, and a bit bumpy, but there are still some good ones out there. Cory (Arrambide) had a bit of a rough one, it’s a bummer because he’s a good surfer, but that’s how it goes sometimes,” Gudauskas said.

Adam Lambert, (Santa Barbara, CA) who also produced one of the day’s highest scores, a 9.5 out of possible 10.00 points, was a standout Pro Junior competitor as well.

“That wave had a good wedge, and I managed to get off two pretty good turns out the back with a really solid turn to finish it, so I’m super stoked,” Lambert said.

The women’s round 1 action wrapped up the day’s competition with stand out surfing performed by Leila Hurst, (Hanalei, HI) who set the pace for her fellow competitors. Hurst dropped the event’s second highest single wave score of a 9.60 o of possible 10.00 points, with a big front side blast, working the wave through the inside for a solid finish.

“I just wanted to get a wave to start my heat, because I usually don’t do well if I don’t get a wave right away, and it turned into a pretty good wave, so I just tried to finish it all the way to the beach,” Hurst said.

The Van’s Pier Classic, and Ezekiel Pro Junior, both Presented by Jack’s Surfboards, will wrap up the event crowning champions in each division. For all of the final action and live heat scores log on to http://www.vans.com/vans/events/pierclassic08/

Results: Van’s Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards (ASP Men’ WQS 2-Star)

Round 5: 32 Surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Chris Drummy (USA) 11.05, Austin Ware (USA) 10.85, Kyle Knox (USA) 10.75, Roger Eales (USA) 7.85
Heat 2: Dane Gudauskas (USA) 13.75, Matt King (USA) 10.10, Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.70, Leif Engstrom (USA) 5.40
Heat 3: Kyle Ramey (HAW) 17.50, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.00, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.65, Danny Fuller (HAW) 8.00
Heat 4: Heath Walker (AUS) 11.55, Brad Ettinger (USA) 9.85, Cody Thompson (USA) 8.25, Kyle Garson (USA) 6.55
Heat 5: Dylan Graves (PRI) 12.75, Shaun Ward (USA) 11.90, Blake Jones (USA) 9.90, Bruno Rodrigues (USA) 8.10
Heat 6: Casey Brown (HAW) 14.00, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.95, Brent Reilly (USA) 8.00, Macy Mullen (HAW) 7.65
Heat 7: Jason Collins (USA) 11.50, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 9.90, Eric Geiselman (USA) 9.15, Brighton Brandenburg (USA) 4.50
Heat 8: Jason Miller (USA) 12.35, Ian Rotgans (USA) 12.10, Kieran Horn (USA) 10.60, Matt Mohagen (USA) 8.40

Results: Ezekiel Pro Junior Presented by Jack’s Surfboards (ASP Grade-2 Pro Junior)

Round 2: 48 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 3: Quinn Chrystal (USA) 12.90, Logan Strook (USA) 11.00, Sean Poynter (USA) 7.60, Kyle Mcgeary (USA) 6.90
Heat 4: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.40, Noah Erickson (USA) 10.85, Phillip Goold (USA) 8.85, Taylor Thorne (USA) 6.05
Heat 5: Brighton Brandenburger  (USA) 10.25, Hunter Heverly (USA) 9.15, Brett Barley (USA) 8.45, Matt Chellemi (USA) 6.65
Heat 6: Patrick Cahill (USA) 11.55, Dewey Cunnison (USA) 10.65, Chase Wilson (USA) 9.00, Eric Snortum (USA) 7.50
Heat 7: Chase Brady (USA) 13.90, Kelsey Strickland (USA) 12.60, John John Florence (HAW) 11.85, Zack Humphreys (USA) 9.05
Heat 8: Reagan Spencer (USA) 15.00, Adam Lambert (USA) 14.35, Jensen Callaway (USA) 10.60, Gabe Garcia (USA) 6.05

Round 3: 32 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Jason Harris (USA) 11.50, Kekoa Kazimero (HAW) 10.75, Matt Mohagen (USA) 9.35, Leif Engstrom (USA) 5.60
Heat 2: Bruno Rodrigues (USA) 15.65, Austin Smith Ford (USA) 12.25, Brent Reilly (USA) 7.40, Ryah Arthur (USA) 6.90
Heat 3:Trevor Saunders (USA) 12.40, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 11.25, Noah Erickson (USA) 8.00, Alberga Marshall (USA) 6.25
Heat 4: Logan Strook (USA) 15.75, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.55, Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.75, Kyle Kennelly (USA) 9.70
Heat 5: Eric Geiselman (USA) 14.00, Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.50, Hunter Heverly (USA) 8.20, Dewey Cunnison (USA) 5.65
Heat 6: Travis Beckmann (USA) 11.50, Cody Thompson (USA) 10.40, Pat Cahill (USA) 8.75, Brighton Brandenburger (USA) 8.50
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) 16.75, Blake Jones (USA) 11.60, Chase Brady (USA) 9.25, Adam Lambert (USA) 8.65
Heat 8: Adam Wickwire (USA) 9.65, Reagan Spencer (USA) 7.20, Kellen Ellison (USA) 7.20, Kelsey Strickland (USA) 6.25 

Results: The Van’s Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards (ASP Women’s WQS 2-Star)

Heat 1: Nage Malamed (HAW) 11.25, Lauren Sweeney (USA) 11.20, Nicole Grodesky (USA) 8.60, Lani Hunter (HAW) 5.75
Heat 2: Anastasia Ashley (USA) 13.75, Christina Alves (USA) 7.85, Jamie Hannula (USA) 5.75, Keleigh Gilchrist (USA) 5.30
Heat 3: Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.75, Bo Stanley (USA) 10.00, Jenny Qualm (USA) 5.75, Allison Arivizu (USA) 1.50
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.75, Sage Erickson (USA) 10.63, Danielle Dickerson (USA) 5.35, Maria Gonzalez (PRI) 5.25

y Conlogue (USA) 10.75, Sage Erickson (USA) 10.63, Danielle Dickerson (USA) 5.35, Maria Gonzalez (PRI) 5.25