Catching up with North American ASP World Tour Surfers After Boost Mobile Pro

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America
2008 Weekly Regional Report

Taylor Knox

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, September 14, 2008) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour has just capped off the seventh of 11 events held this year with the completion of the Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley. The only ASP World Tour event held in North America saw Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL) steal a win from Taj Burrow (Yallingup, AUS) in an action packed Final. With the odds of a ninth ASP World Title stacked in Slater’s favor, the rest of North America’s finest will continue to battle for the No. 2 spot.

Slater’s victory at Trestles marks an unprecedented fifth win of the season out of the seven events held to date. The seasoned veteran’s two other results are equal 17th place finishes, proving that Slater has won every event this season after advancing beyond Round 3. Each surfer eliminates their lowest two scores at the end of the season. If Slater were to drop his worst two scores today, he would have a flawless record by dropping the two equal 17th place finishes.

Bobby Martinez (Santa Barbara, CA) finished fifth overall at the Boost Mobile Pro, moving him up to No. 7 on the ratings and earning him the second-best rating amongst his North American ASP World Tour competitors behind Slater. The fifth place finish is the best performance Martinez has given at Trestles since the beginning of his ASP World Tour campaign.

“I’m glad now,” Martinez said. “Even in the ‘QS contests after my amateur career, I never really did well here. For a long time it hasn’t gone well for me here and now it’s going alright.”

The goofy-footer put on a standout performance on his backhand at Lower Trestles and expressed the disadvantage of surfing on his backhand against the competition.

“The rights are always better,” Martinez said. “They score better. The person surfing on their backhand is always at a disadvantage. You can do way more things on your forehand than your backhand.”

Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA) was one to watch in the Boost Mobile Pro. The progressive regular-footer was a force to be dealt with, besting top surfers such as Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta, AUS) and Dean Morrison (Coolangatta, AUS) on the way to his equal fifth place finish while posting some of the event’s highest scores. Reynolds earned his Quarterfinals berth over Parkinson with a last-minute wave that earned him the score needed to advance out of Round 4 over the ASP World Tour veteran.

“That was the wave of the day and I really just had to ride it to get my score,” Reynolds said. “If I tried to get a five on the best wave of the day I probably would have fallen on the first turn. I just tried to ride it normal and ended up coming through with the huge score.”

Reynolds used the high-performance wave of Lower Trestles to boost massive airs and issue powerful gouges on the rightanders on offer. The Ventura native’s performance at Trestles matches his best result of the year of a fifth place finish at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach contest and helps his cause on the ratings, moving him up to No. 20 amongst the world’s finest competitive surfers, which is the top spot amongst this year’s rookies. Reynolds used his comfort at Trestles to earn the result.

“It’s basically the easiest wave in the world to surf,” Reynolds said. “I think everyone looks pretty comfortable. As far as high performance surfing goes, it’s really easy to display what you’ve been doing. I really wanted to go out there and do some airs. This wave is so good for airs. I just want to have some fun and it seems to be the only way I can make heats, so it works out for me.”

C.J. Hobgood (Melbourne, FL) sits in the No. 8 spot behind Martinez and is the last North American surfer currently sitting within the top 10. The Floridian earned an equal 17th finish at Trestles and will look to maintain his top 10 seed at the upcoming Quiksilver Pro France beginning September 19, 2008. Twin brother Damien Hobgood (Satellite Beach, FL) is currently ranked No. 31 on tour and finished equal 33rd at The Boost Mobile Pro.

Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach, CA) finished with an equal 17th place finish and is ranked No. 16 overall, while Chris Ward (San Clemente, CA) also earned a 17th place finish and is ranked at 21. Ben Bourgeois (Wrightsville Beach, NC/Carlsbad, CA) finished in 17th as well and is currently No. 32. Taylor Knox (Carlsbad, CA) matched his best result of the year at Trestles with an equal ninth place finish, moving him up to No. 24 overall on the ASP World tour.

ASP action continues this week with another ASP World Tour event, The Quiksilver Pro France, held from September 19-28, 2008. The ASP WQS will continue as well with the Oakley Newport Beach Pro, held at 56th street in Newport Beach, CA from September 16-21, 2008. Also running this week will be the ASP WQS 6-Star Roxy Jam Cardiff in Cardiff, CA from September 19-21, 2008.

For additional information check out www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org