Owen Wright Qualifies For 2010 WCT

2010 ASP World Tour Rookie Owen Wright. Photo: Dorsey

2010 ASP World Tour Rookie Owen Wright. Photo: Dorsey

According to a post on www.aspworldtour.com, Aussie phenom Owen Wright has secured a spot on the 2010 ASP World Championship Tour after a 5th place finish at the Local Motion Pro at Guaruja in Brazil which lifter him above 14,000 points, considered the number needed to make the tour. Wright, who is one of the few rookies who would be considered a threat at nearly every venue, dispatched none other than Kelly Slater at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach earlier in the year and is considered as one of the most progressive surfers in the world right now. Congrats to Owen, we look forward to seeing some new blood on the World Tour! Along with Wright, Australia’s Dan Ross and Brazilian surfer Jadson Andre are now considered locks on the 2010 ASP World Tour. Just on the bubble is San Clemente’s Pat Gudauskas with 13,551 points.

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From Al Hunt’s ASP Situation Room

Renato Galvao from Brazil is back in the winner’s circle with his victory in the Local Motion Pro at Guaruja in Brazil. Renato’s only previous WQS win was back in 2004 at the 4* event in Newquay, England. Renato has now jumped from 70th to 37th on the ratings.

Owen increased his point score from 13,588 to 14,338 with his 5th place finish to secure a spot in 2010 Men’s Dream Tour.

The other high placers were fellow finalist Pat Gudauskas and both Brandon Jackson and Pablo Paulino in equal 3rds. The biggest mover on the ratings, although he did not change his rating and stayed in 3rd was Owen Wright. Owen increased his point score from 13,588 to 14,338 with his 5th place finish to secure a spot in 2010 Men’s Dream Tour.

Most other surfers remained the same with Glenn Hall jumping from 16th to13th and Brandon Jackson from 31st to 21st with their equal 5ths results. On the ratings the current Top 5 are looking safe for 2010, then from 6th onwards its a very close race with any semi or final a keeper and anything less not enough to allow for any big movement upwards.

Keep an eye out for Blake Thornton, Luke Munro and Rodrigo Dornelles to make some big moves. Brandon Jackson from South Africa, just outside the top 20 is also a chance to keep moving up the ratings if he keeps his good form going.

Current WQS Top 20 are:

1. Ross,Daniel AUS 14975
2. Andre,Jadson BRA 14813
3. Wright,Owen AUS 14338
4. Gudauskas,Patrick USA 13551
5. Melling,Adam AUS 13026
6. Wilkinson,Matt AUS 12150
7. Duru,Joan FRA 12050
8. Thornton,Blake AUS 11925
9. Simpson,Brett USA 11863
10. Logie,Travis ZAF 11851
11. Ware,Austin USA 11575
12. Payne,Dusty HAW 11425
13. Hall,Glenn IRL 11200
14. Cardoso,Willian BRA 11151
15. Munro,Luke AUS 11139
16. Gudauskas,Tanner USA 11125
17. Atkinson,Dion AUS 10563
18. Yeomans,Nathan USA 10550
19. Zubizarreta,Gony ESP 10351
20. Dornelles,Rodrigo BRA 10350

The guys have all headed up the coast from Guaruja to Rio overnight for the Rio Pro, which starts today. More next week with Rio results. Until then, Al Hunt ASP WQS Tour Manager
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