Mick Campbell Wins At The Salomon Masters in Western Australia

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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) www.aspworldtour.com2003 World Qualifying Series (WQS)

Mick Campbell Wins Salomon Masters Final

April 13, 2003 (Margaret River, Western Australia) Former world #2 MickCampbell (Port Macquarie, NSW, Aus) today won the Salomon Masters atMargaret River. The Prime rated 6-Star World Qualifying Series (WQS) eventcommenced with the round before quarterfinals this morning and climaxed withthe grand finale and crowning of the 2003 champion.

6-8ft (2.5m) waves were on offer for the final day, after stormy conditionsabated overnight and sunny skies returned for the strong, supportive beachcrowd.

Campbell, who last won an event over two years ago, paddled out for the30-minute decider confident following his commanding semifinal victory. The28-year-old then established an early lead, with the final’s best singlescore of 8-points among his total before 10-minutes had elapsed. While allthree other finalists remained within striking range throughout, the goofyfooter’s precise forehand snaps and searing cutbacks ultimately earnedUS$15,000 and pushed him up into third position on the current WQS ratings.

“I feel really good,” began Campbell afterward. “It’s been a long while andit was tough all week out there. It was really big one day with 15ft (5m)sets, so it’s good to come through it and win finally.

“Margaret River is one of the most special places in Australia,” he added.”A great little surf town and opens it’s arms to the all pro surfers everyyear, so we’re lucky to have it on tour. It’s great.”

Californian Shane Beschen, also a former world #2, proved Campbell’s biggestthreat. The 31-year-old picked off the final’s first wave and gave it asolid backhand bash, but still required an additional ride worth 6.18-pointsfor the majority. Despite catching a good wave toward the end, it didn’tallow enough and he was forced to settle with second place. Still, theresult takes him to runner-up position on the current WQS ratings and goes along way to securing his World Championship Tour (WCT) re-qualification.

“It was just a really inconsistent final,” reasoned Beschen. “Mick prettymuch won on that one 8.0 he had, and I got second on the one 7.5 I had. Ihad a wave in the last 20-seconds, but it kind of fattened up and didn’tallow me to do anything to get the score I needed. I’m stoked with secondthough. This is a good start for my re-qualification campaign.”

World #7 Kieren Perrow (Aus) finished third in the Salomon Masters, while2001 ASP world champion CJ Hobgood (USA) placed fourth in the final. Bothposted one strong ride, but required another to challenge the leaders.

Following the surfing action, the Hon. Clive Brown MLA presented the SalomonMasters trophy to Campbell on stage.

“I’d like to congratulate all competitors in the 2003 Salomon Masters on anoutstanding effort,” said Mr. Brown. “Margaret River’s prime location statusgives the event a great profile on the international circuit and itcertainly has been a privilege to watch the world’s best compete in thismagnificent natural setting.”

Finishing equal fifth in the Salomon Masters today were Darren O’Rafferty(Aus) and Renan Rocha (Brz), while Brazilians Neco Padaratz and PetersonRosa placed fourth in their respective semifinal matches to place equalseventh overall in the 2003 event.

Padaratz, a former finalist at Margaret River began the day with an inspired9.57 first ride in the round of 32, and following his quarterfinal winappeared the man to beat. The world #21 failed to find similarly impressiverides during the first semifinal, however, and was eliminated requiringanother 5.78 score. Nonetheless, the result combined with his earlier 4-StarWQS win at home in Brazil this year sees him on top of the current ratingsfor the qualifying series.

Older bother Flavio was hit a double blow this moorning. The Braziliansnapped his surfboard at the start of the second quarterfinal, and afterswimming most of the way in toward the beach was met by Neco, who hadpaddled back out following his earlier win to assist. By offering hissurfboard as a replacement, however, ASP rules deem this an unfair advantagefor the competing surfer, hence Flavio only counted one single wave scoreworth 4.07-points and was narrowly eliminated.

A Harvey Norman expression session was held prior to the final today, withlocal West Australians Tom Innes winning an Xbox game system for the bestmaneuver, while former event champion Jake Paterson collected a Fuji digitalcamera for the best overall ride.

The Salomon Masters was proudly sponsored by Salomon Sports, “Perth” WesternAustralia, SunSmart, Department of Sport & Recreation, Emu Bitter, WetDreams International, Coca-Cola, Arnette Optics, SAAB, Harvey Norman, 96fm,Jim Beam, Evans & Tate, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Margaret’s BeachResort and Margaret River Law.

Official Results of the 2003 Salomon Masters
1st Mick Campbell (Aus) 13.67 – US$15,000
2nd Shane Beschen (USA) 13.33 – US$8,000
3rd Kieren Perrow (Aus) 12.27 – US$6,000
4th CJ Hobgood (USA) 10.77 – US$4,000
Semifinals (1st, 2nd advance; 3rd finishes=5th; 4th finishes=7th)
SF1: Shane Beschen (USA) 14.33; Kieren Perrow (Aus) 12.0; Darren O’Rafferty (Aus) 11.07; Neco Padaratz (Brz) 11.06
SF2: Mick Campbell (Aus) 14.27; CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.54; Renan Rocha (Brz)11.0; Peterson Rosa (Brz) 9.97

Quarterfinals (1st, 2nd advance; 3rd finishes=9th; 4th finishes=13th)
QF1: Neco Padaratz (Brz) 15.0; Kieren Perrow (Aus) 11.9; Lee Winkler (Aus)10.83; Toby Martin (Aus) 5.34
QF2: Darren O’Rafferty (Aus) 12.9; Shane Beschen (USA) 7.47;Flavio Padaratz(Brz) 4.07; Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 2.73
QF3: CJ Hobgood (USA) 16.6; Mick Campbell (Aus) 16.04; Damien Hobgood (USA)12.57; Chris Davidson (Aus) 11.0
QF4: Renan Rocha (Brz) 17.4; Peterson Rosa (Brz) 15.53; Tom Whittaker (Aus)12.17; Taj Burrow (Aus) 3.04