ASP World Tour 2010: Slater, Reynolds, And Simpson Speak Their Minds

Star surfers of the 2010 ASP World Tour Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Brett Simpson reflect on Round 1. Through their mistakes they try to improve quickly and sharpen their skills for the next round.

The season opener to the 2010 ASP World Tour watched nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and Dane Reynolds wipe out their competition, leading the American contingent through the early days of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. 

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast represents the first of 10 stops on the 2010 ASP World Tour calendar which currently hosts the world’s top 45 surfers striving to establish their careers.

Kelly Slater, who was guarded in announcing his intentions to make a charge for his untouched 10th ASP World Title run, seemed to be hungry to start his year off on the right track at the season opener, absolutely tearing through Round 1 by posting the Round’s highest single-wave score as well as the highest heat total of a near perfect 17.77 out of a possible 20.

"I missed a really good wave at the beginning of the heat and it kind of focused me," Kelly Slater said. "I was looking at the thing just barreling off at me and it was really frustrating so I thought I needed to be more patient."

Dane Reynolds, who had a rocky start to his Quiksilver Pro campaign with a tough Round 1 loss, looked refocused in Round 2, driving through barrels and unleashing his signature fins-free turns to dispatch ASP Dream Tour Rookie Blake Thornton, while advancing through to Round 3.

"I was actually really nervous before surfing today because I've been riding a ton of boards and surfing really terrible," Dane Reynolds said. "I've just been really confused with the surf here because I'm coming from surfing California the last two months where it's high interval swells and there's a lot of energy to it."

Brett Simpson led the California contingent of ASP World Tour rookies as the only American rookie to win a Round 1 heat. The Huntington Beach native relegated Reynolds and Hawaiian Roy Powers to Round 2 by capitalizing on a few lengthy righthand walls at the famed pointbreak of Snapper Rocks despite the early morning’s tricky high-tide conditions.

"I’m definitely going to step my game up this year, taking more risks but you know that’s what this tour is about, that’s what he (Dane Reynolds) does on every wave and if you can’t match it then there’s only a certain amount of heats you’ll get through,” Brett Simpson said. “Yeah, so I just want to lift my level and stay busy."

Fellow Americans Taylor Knox (Carlsbad, CA), 38, Damien Hobgood (Satellite Beach, FL), 30, twin brother and former ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood (Melbourne, FL), 30, and Santa Barbara goofy-footer Bobby Martinez (Santa Barbara, CA), 27, have all advanced through to Round 3, while fellow Americans Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, and Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, have yet to surf their Round 2 heats of the ASP World Tour 2010, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 21, was eliminated from Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast competition despite a valiant effort against Hawaiian Fred Patacchia (North Shore, HI), 28, in their Round 2 bout.

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