ASP WQS Situation Room – Monday, October 27, 2008
COOLANGATTA, Australia (Monday, October 27, 2008) – The ASP WQS cutoff hits 11,000 points as Brazilians Jean Da Silva and Wiggolly Dantas win ASP WQS 6-Star events on both sides of the Atlantic.
The ASP WQS cutoff has hit 11,000 after the second week in a row where the ASP WQS Top 15 frontrunners failed to protect their lead. Of the Top 15 going into the last ASP WQS 6-Star events, only six of them reached a Quarterfinal or better. At Lanzarote, Drew Courtney with a 3rd, at Maresia, Dustin Barca with a 2nd, in Onbongo, Josh Kerr with a 5th, at Estoril, Gabe Kling with a 2nd, Tiago Pires with a 3rd and Marlon Lipke with a 5th.
The failure of these guys to take the big points as they have all year has meant that all those below them have jumped up dramatically in the ratings, and now, with just the two ASP WQS 6-Star Primes in Hawaii left and most of the ASP Top 45 competing in them, the surfers who are able to overcome the Dream Tour combatants and hot Hawaiian locals have a great chance of qualifying. However, seeing that the chances of that happening are slim, the current ASP WQS Top 15 look like they'll be the goods.
At the Onbongo event in Brazil, 7 of the final 8 were Brazilians with Josh Kerr the lone Aussie. Across the Atlantic in Portugal at the Estoril Pro, it was a mixed bag with 7 different countries in the final 8.
Up at Santa Cruz at the ASP WQS 4-Star O'Neill Coldwater Classic, it was USA mainland versus Hawaii for the final 16 surfers, with junior surfer Nat Young coming out on top while Mason Ho was victorious in the ASP Pro Junior division.
In the ratings, the Top 15 remain unchanged except for Hizunome Bettero (BRA) and Simao Romao (BRA) replacing Michel Bourez (PYF) and Dustin Barca (HAW), however, inside the Top 15 are major changes.
Gabe Kling (USA) has moved up from 9th to 3rd, Josh Kerr (AUS) from 7th to 4th, Tiago Pires (PRT) 15th to 6th and Marlon Lipke (DEU) from 12th to 9th, while ping down were Pat Gudauskas (USA) 6th to 11th, Drew Courtney (AUS) 4th to 7th and David Weare (ZAF) 5th to 9th.
The big mover outside the Top 15 into a possible contention slot was Jadson Andre (BRA), 32nd to 18th.
Surfers carrying some low throwaways that could jump in the ratings are Dustin Barca (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA) and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW). Those inside the Top 15 that can jump also are Phil MacDonald (AUS), Simao Romao (BRA) and David Weare (ZAF).
Guys near the cutoff like Michel Bourez (PYF), Yadin Nicol (AUS) and Jihad Khodr (BRA) are looking for 1,600 points or better so will need a Semifinal in either Haleiwa or Sunset.
The current ratings for the Top 20 are:
Curran,Nathaniel USA 1 13200
Davidson,Chris AUS 2 12525
Kling,Gabe USA 3 12301
Kerr,Josh AUS 4 12075
Boal,Tim FRA 5 11888
Pires,Tiago PRT 6 11750
Courtney,Drew AUS 7 11600
Emslie,Greg ZAF 8 11463
Lipke,Marlon DEU 9 11450
Weare,David ZAF 9 11450
Gudauskas,Patrick USA 11 11438
MacDonald,Phillip AUS 12 11263
Bettero,Hizunome BRA 13 11125
Muscroft,Nic AUS 14 11075
Romao,Simao BRA 15 11000
Bourez,Michel PYF 16 10900
Barca,Dustin HAW 17 10826
Andre,Jadson BRA 18 10738
Nicol,Yadin AUS 19 10675
Khodr,Jihad BRA 20 10575
Only ASP WQS event this coming week is the ASP WQS 4-Star Xcel Pro in Hawaii, which looks like getting underway tomorrow with a good swell hitting the North Shore. As it is only a 4-Star, it is very unlikely that there will be any significant changes inside the ASP WQS Top 15.
For current ASP WQS Men's Tour ratings, check out ASP WQS Men's Ratings
For current ASP WQS Women's Tour ratings, check out ASP WQS Women's Ratings