Local Talent Set To Defend Home Break At ASP PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro
SAN CLEMENTE, California (Monday, April 26, 2010) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro is set to host a pack of ASP Dream Tour surfers and the globe's finest up-and-coming competitive talent at the iconic cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles from May fourth through eighth and San Clemente's ASP World Tour rookies Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, younger brother Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 21, and good friend Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, are ready to shine amongst the elite.
With the reduction of the ASP World Tour field from 45 down to 32 at the halfway point of the year and the ASP One World Rankings filing into effect, the points on offer at the ASP PRIME events in 2010 are of great consequence in surfers' overall ranking for the year.
Yeomans, who was the top local finisher at the 6.0 Lowers Pro in 2009 with an equal 3rd place result, is ready to combat his fellow ASP World Tour competitors at this year's event and hopes the support of the local crowd will help spark the inspiration towards another stellar performance at his home break this year.
"For me, having the local support has been big," Yeomans said. "I think the major thing is you come into the event with more confidence. At this level confidence is a huge factor."
Yeomans, who is currently amongst his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, knows that this year's stack of talent seeded in the ASP PRIME event will force him to bring his best game as the rounds progress.
"This is a big events and the level of surfing is going to be high," Yeomans said. "I think as the rounds get higher in the event you are going to have to push yourself and your surfing to make it through the man-on-man heats. It's the same mindset as the World Tour and I'm looking forward to it."
Tanner Gudauskas was another top talent to also earn a critical result at last year's 6.0 Lowers Pro towards his eventual qualification for this year's ASP World Tour. The youngest of the Gudauskas trio earned a fifth place finish in 2009 and is fired up to compete at his home break again at this year's event.
"I am always really stoked to compete at Trestles," Gudauskas (Tanner) said. "Actually, I am always super stoked to just surf at Trestles, but to have only three other guys out is the cherry on top of the cake. Last year was cool to get a result there, it definitely fired me up and put me on the track to keep getting results. The Lowers event is really special because everyone wants to compete in it especially the World Tour surfers, so I always look forward to matching up with the big dogs and hopefully surfing at Lowers gives me a little special advantage."
Gudauskas also knows that with the narrowing of the ASP World Tour field down to 32 after the fifth event of this season, the PRIME events could potentially play a crucial role in his requalification for the 2011 ASP World Title events.
"I think the PRIME Tour is just as important as the World Title events as of now," Gudauskas said. "Due to the ASP deciding to cut down the World Tour midyear, all the rookies will be doing the PRIMES with just as much angst to get results as they have been on the World Tour. I am super stoked to do as many PRIME events as I can this year, to keep gaining the experience and heat time that I can. The seed list looks gnarly, so it will be fun to see the level getting pushed once again down on the cobblestones of lowers!"
Patrick Gudauskas, who is currently rated No. 23 on the ASP World Title ratings was a standout in last year's event, but fell early despite posting a valiant effort. The innovative regular-footer is hungry for revenge at this year's event and is out to take the win in front of his friends and family.
"I definitely haven’t forgotten that close loss from last year," Gudauskas said. "I felt good, and I absolutely love surfing Lowers with no one out. I want redemption for sure, I want to blow up and it’d be a dream to win the Lowers event. I’ll be taking it as serious as a World Tour event, especially since it’s in my backyard. I want to win."
In addition to the local ASP World Tour standouts, more than 30 current ASP Dream Tour campaigners will be competing at this year's ASP PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro including defending event champion Fred Patacchia (North Shore, HI), 28, 2001 ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood (Melbourne, FL), 30, progressive talent, Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA), 24, prodigious South African Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF), 22, and former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (Hanalei, HI), 31, amongst others.
Also running in conjunction with the 6.0 Lowers Pro will be the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior.
The 6.0 Lowers Pro and Oakley Pro Junior will run from May 4 through 8, 2010 and will be webcast LIVE via www.nike6lowerspro.com