DAY OF MIXED RESULTS FOR BOOST MOBILE PRO ROUND TWO
News provided by ASP World Tour on 14 September 2005
Organisers of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver awoke to extra smooth one metre (three foot) conditions at Trestles, Southern California and opted to forge ahead to complete round two today.
With numerous top 10 seeded surfers pitted against a host of local wildcard talent, the large crowd on hand were treated to an excellent day, jam-packed with high performance surfing.
Winning their sudden death man-on-man heats and therefore staying in touch with the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour ratings leaders of Kelly Slater (USA), Andy Irons (HAW) and Mick Fanning (AUS), were Trent Munro (AUS), and CJ Hobgood (USA).
Both put on striking performances to defeat their wildcard foes with Munro defeating local San Clemente surfer Mike Losness and Hobgood defeating tour legend and former Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour champ Tom Curren.
Munro, in particular, went ballistic, taking only left to right breaking waves (attacking them on his backhand, as Munro stands with his left foot forward) delivering some incredibly powerful bottom-to-top-turn combinations.
Despite winning in fine form, Munro felt he is still improving and his best is yet to come as in the last two tour events he’s been carrying or recovering from a knee injury and the resulting surgery.
“Coming up against wildcards you don’t know what you’re going to get as the guys are specialists at the particular places and you can’t take them lightly,” said Munro. “I feel that I didn’t really find my feet at the past few events and hopefully this is the start to a good run. In Jeffreys Bay I was carrying an injury to the cartilage in my knee and had to go and have surgery straight after. But that’s all behind me and I’m keen to get on a roll.”
Hobgood, 2001 Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour champ, meanwhile staved off a strong challenge from pro surfing legend Tom Curren, who qualified for the event through the trials, and indicated through his surfing that despite his recent absence from the business end of competition, he isn’t about to lay down and let the ratings front runners have an easy run.
Yet despite his brazen victory where he scored a 9.0 out of 10 for a tube ride on one wave, speaking after his heat, he deflected most of the praise for his surfing and honoured his childhood hero Curren.
“Last year here I had former world number two, Rob Machado in this round and I was freaked, then today, having Tom Curren I was freaked out again,” said Hobgood. “Normally I would go out there and conserve energy and wait to throw the big scores but I know how dangerous Tom Curren is and I had to pump up for that heat. I knew I had to go to work early and put the pressure on Tom. I have all the respect in the world for him as does everyone. You can’t say enough good things about him as he’s done so much for the sport.”
Giant killer wildcard Dane Reynolds caused an upset after completing one of the most amazing manoeuvres seen in competition to date to take down 11h ranked Dean Morrison (AUS).
Landing a huge aerial 360 reverse – where the surfer launches into the air above the wave, turns the board a full 360 degrees and lands backwards – he sent the onsite crowd wild and the huge throng watching on the live webcast kept demanding it be replayed time and time again.
“Yeah, I did an air and the judges really liked it!” laughed Reynolds. “I’ve just been showing up and surfing my heats without thinking too much. When I freesurf that’s what I do so I’m trying to adapt that to competing.”
Twelve months ago Reynolds was responsible for denting Andy Irons’ third world title run when he defeated him here at Trestles and this time around he has the chance to derail the campaign of current leader Slater as he faces him in round three.
“Kelly has beat me in every heat I’ve ever had against him,” said Reynolds. “He left me needing two really good rides on the Gold Coast in the first event of this year. I’ve never really had much luck, but he’s the best in the world! I’ll just go out in round three and do what I did today. I’ve got nothing to lose.”
Also causing a stir was South African Greg Emslie who defeated Mark Occhilupo in heat 10 of the day. Emslie, who has had mixed results this year was very pleased with himself and looked completely at home. He was also hoping to get through so he could tackle Trestles later in the week when the predicted large swell arrives.
‘I’m really stoked. I think anyone who beats Occy is always happy with the result,” said Emslie. “Yesterday I felt terrible but today I really felt good out there. I went for a long freesurf before my heat and got my head right so I’m feeling a lot stronger now. But I really want to surf here in the big swell and it was playing on my mind out there. I can’t wait to get into some waves where we can really go all out.”
It was a close finish in all-Brazilian heat 13 with Peterson Rosa snatching a win from Raoni Monteiro on his final wave. As a set arrived, Rosa used his knowledge of the break and resisted the temptation to grab the first wave anticipating that a better one was still to come. Monteiro and Rosa were both riding at the same time with Rosa getting the better of the exchange.
“It was a slow start to the heat,” said Rosa in his thick Portuguese accent. “And I knew when that set came that the second one would be better. I luckily did well on the wave and got the good score. I never give up out there and I will take the confidence from the win here through to the next round. Next round I will also try hard.”
Organisers will reconvene tomorrow at 7am to assess conditions and it is expected that the Foster’s Expression will potentially be scheduled. Stay tuned to www.aspworldtour.com and www.boostmobile.com for all the latest news, to get the full results of round two and to check out the round three draw.
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