BARGER LEADS OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR GLOBAL CHALLENGE U.S.A QUALIFIER
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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (May 1, 2009) – The Quarterfinalists have been decided at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro and four ASP World Tour surfers, two locals, the defending champion and a young Hawaiian are the only competitors left standing out of the original 128-man-draw. Kai Barger (Haiku, HI), 19, reigning ASP World Junior Champion, led the top seeds in the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge U.S.A Qualifier competition and earned the top scores of the day.
Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 20, issued one of the day’s biggest upsets when he ousted ASP World Tour surfer and Lower Trestles local Chris Ward (San Clemente, CA), 30, from competition while earning his Quarterfinals berth. Payne needed a six-point-score to advance from his heat over Ward, and posted a 6.5 out of 10 with only 10 seconds remaining.
“I try not to get nervous when I need a score because you tend to fall,” Payne said. “Plus, once you get nervous, you can’t move the way you want to move. I just try to stay positive and I know if a wave comes I know I can get it, but, yea, I’m just glad that’s over.”
The young regular-footer was elated with the heat victory over Ward, who is his biggest surfing inspiration.
“He’s my favorite surfer, period,” Payne said. “Growing up, he was always my idol and I’d watch his surfing and just try and do what he does. I’m just so happy right now.”
Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 27, who posted the highest heat total of the day on Wednesday, continued his tear on Trestles when he defeated ASP World Tour sophomore and aerial specialist Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA), 23, on the way to his Quarterfinals berth in tough afternoon conditions.
“I saw that draw coming up a while back and I knew it was either going to be C.J. (Hobgood) or Dane (Reynolds) and obviously they’re both amazing surfers,” Yeomans said. “The conditions kind of deteriorated, but you can’t count them out any time. I decided to just catch waves, build my momentum and get some scores going and it worked in my favor.”
The Lower Trestles local is putting his superior knowledge of the famed pointbreak to good use in order to gain his fare share of the ratings points on offer towards qualification for next year’s ASP World Tour. Yeomans was sitting in the No. 21 position before entering the event, and is now guaranteed a fifth-place finish in the ASP 6-Star PRIME contest, which will significantly help his cause on The Grind this year.
“It’s insane that Nike 6.0 stepped up and made this contest a 6-Star PRIME,” Yeomans said. “To be at home and get that many points is great and I think this is going to be a huge confidence booster and a good one for the rest of the year.”
Fredrick Patacchia (North Shore, HI), 27, was a top performer in today’s 6.0 Lowers Pro competition and convincingly surfed his way to the Quarterfinals with two heat wins. The goofy-footer is enjoying a brief respite from ASP World Tour competition to compete amongst some old friends.
“I just like surfing competitions and a lot of my friends surf in this event,” Patacchia said. “I like to come down here and hopefully draw them in a heat, because it brings us back to the old school amateur days.”
Patacchia’s Round 5 heat resembled an ASP World Tour contest when he battled fellow ASP Dream Tour surfer Damien Hobgood (Satellite Beach, FL), 29, in the man-on-man format. The Hawaiian continued his standout showing when he eliminated Hobgood from the event and is utilizing the tough competition at the 6.0 Lowers Pro to prepare for the ASP World Tour event held at Lower Trestles in the fall, the Hurley Pro.
“That heat was a lot of pressure,” Patacchia said. “Man-on-man builds up that pressure because you have to win. You can’t get second and the Hobgoods are great competitors and gentlemen, but it’s a good warm up for us for the World Tour contest here, the Hurley Pro.”
Barger’s opening heat of the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior explained why he’s the defending ASP World Junior Champion. The talented Hawaiian demolished a Lowers righthander on his backhand with several tail-drifting blasts to earn an amazing 9.93 out of 10. Barger followed up with an 8.73 to leave his fellow competitors in a combination situation.
“The first thing that happened was I saw that other kid on the Hurley team get a 7 and I got a bit freaked out,” Barger said. “I told myself I have to get the next one and not fall. I just put my head down and hit it as hard as I could and as soon as I came out of it I did it again.”
Barger is looking to have a successful campaign at the Oakley Pro Junior because Lower Trestles is one of his favorite waves and he’s looking to qualify for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge in Bali again. The newly crowned World Junior champ is also feeling some pressure to post impressive results due to his recent success.
“I just want to do especially good at this place because it’s one of my favorite waves,” Barger said. “I felt a lot of pressure because I hadn’t made a heat out here in so long and to lose two in a row would have been terrible. I need to do better.”
Matt Bromley (Cape Town, ZAF) led the charge at the first day of the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge South Africa Qualifier in Port Alfred today. For more information and to watch live, visit www.thebombsurf.com.
Oakley Pro Junior Quarterfinalists will be the first to take to the water tomorrow at 8 a.m. The opening heat will see Andrew Doheny (USA), Koa Smith (HAW), Kiron Jabour (HAW) and Miguel Pupo (BRA).
The 6.0 Lowers Pro and Oakley Pro Junior will crown 2009 champions in each respective division by tomorrow. In addition to big points and a $20,000 prize check, the winner of the 6.0 Lowers Pro will also receive a wildcard entry into a special Trials event for a chance to earn a wildcard spot into the Hurley Pro, the U.S. Mainland’s only ASP World Tour event. The wildcard will get them into the Trials event, which will be held at the Hurley U.S. Open, July 18-19, in Huntington Beach, Calif. The first and second finishers in the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Trestles will qualify for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final in Bali in October for a chance at the biggest payout in junior surfing.
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WaveWatch.com Forecast for Saturday May 2nd, 2009
Saturday is looking a little inconsistent compared to the conditions that we have had over the last couple of days. The forecast charts are showing a weak trough moving through the area late tonight bringing cool temps, some light/moderate onshore flow, and a slight chance of rain. Swellwise we are going to see a mix of peaking SW swell (200-220) and a building NW windswell moving in from the outer waters. We can expect surf consistently in the chest high range with less consistent shoulder high sets. With the building windswell (and the filling in tide) there is a shot at getting some rare head high sets. Weather is where things get a bit sloppy. That trough is set to bring in SW-W winds around 5-10 knots for the morning before turning more W’erly and stabilizing around 10 knots by the afternoon. Expect cloudy skies and chance of drizzle/showers.
6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 16 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.17
Heat 2: Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.67 def. Chris Ward (USA) 13.43
Heat 3: Tim Boal (FRA) 14.67 def. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 12.66
Heat 4: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 16.34 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.16
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.80 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 6.93
Heat 6: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 13.93 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.83
Heat 7: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.44 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.73
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.00 def. Rob Machado (USA) 13.26
6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 24 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 16.50, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.83, Evan Valiere (HAW) 12.36
Heat 2: Chris Ward (USA) 15.83, Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.34, Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.10
Heat 3: Tim Boal (FRA) 17.26, Jay Thompson (AUS) 9.74, Neco Padaratz (BRA) 9.07
Heat 4: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.07, Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 13.77, Simao Romao (BRA) 11.34
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.80, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.60, Chris Waring (USA) 10.27
Heat 6: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 17.20, Daniel Ross (AUS) 15.50, Torrey Meister (HAW) 12.10
Heat 7: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 15.90, Rob Machado (USA) 14.90, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.80
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.00, Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.50, Nat Young (USA) 11.43
Oakley Pro Junior Round of 32 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 3: Albee Layer (HAW) 13.50, Koa Smith (HAW) 11.60, Matt Meola (HAW) 11.50, Billy Kemper (HAW) 9.83
Heat 4: Kai Barger (HAW) 18.66, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.70, Conner Coffin (USA) 14.00, Kyle Kennelly (USA) 10.43
Heat 5: Cory Arrambide (USA) 15.40, Spencer Regan (USA) 12.83, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 12.33, Fisher Heverly (USA) 9.70
Heat 6: Chris Friend (AUS) 15.47, Victor Done (USA) 11.50, Brent Reilly (USA) 10.67, Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.80
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) 15.66, Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.50, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 11.77, Trevor Saunders (USA) 10.43
Heat 8: Dillon Perillo (USA) 18.27, Evan Thompson (USA) 14.86, Cody Thompson (USA) 13.76, Gabe Garcia (USA) 11.60