Big airs on day 2 of the Boost Mobile Pro
The world’s best surfers took to the skies at the Boost Mobile Pro today. World No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and ASP World Tour rookies Dane Reynolds (USA) and Jordy Smith (ZAF) are one step closer to vying for a Boost Mobile Pro title courtesy of the airs they boosted today.
Parkinson drew fellow Australian Dan Ross and was well in the lead when he opted to olley over his opponent while racing down the line in the last heat of the day. He added a big air that looked unmakeable at the end and was awarded a 9.93 that increased his lead and secured him a spot in Round 4. He now holds down the highest heat total of the event – an 18.83 out of 20.00. Parkinson won the Boost Mobile Pro in 2004 and having not tasted victory for awhile, would no doubt relish victory here at Trestles. Sitting just behind ASP No. 1 Kelly Slater (USA), Parkinson is in a position to stall Slater if he does well here. Adding big aerials to his more characteristic carving turns could be key in that.
Reynolds’ near-perfect 9.97 wave score, the highest single wave score of the event, helped earn him a heat win over Dean Morrison (AUS) and a berth in Round 4. Reynolds threw down a series of seriously critical turns and carves before topping the wave off with a big 360 air to get the score. He made it to Round 4 as a wildcard last year and, should he maintain his current form, looks like he could easily surpass that result last year.
Smith looked like he was about to exit the event with his third 33rd (last place) of the season until he hijacked a last minute wave to earn a 9.93 and win the heat. Damien Hobgood (USA) was eliminated.
Unlike Parkinson and Reynolds, who both surfed their Round 3 heats late this afternoon, Smith showed his flair in Round 2. Only the first four heats of Round 3 were completed today. He’s now ensured an equal 17th but has come into the event hoping to do much better. He hasn’t made it out of Round 4 yet this year.
Boost Mobile Pro Wildcard Yadin Nicol (AUS) also aired his way into victory over three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW) to slot himself into Round 3. Surfing in his third ASP World Tour event as a wildcard – he also had a spot in Fiji this year and last – Nicol nailed some signature aerial maneuvers to advance over Irons. Nicol has drawn reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning in Heat 9 of Round 3.
Bruce Irons (HAW) won the last ASP World Tour event in Indonesia and maintained that momentum to beat Aritz Aranburu (EUK) today. Irons has said that 2008 will be his last full-time trip on the tour, but his competitive edge seems sharper than ever.
Californians Timmy Reyes and Taylor Knox avoided early elimination by surfing well and winning their Round 2 heats today – they’ll now meet in Heat 10 of Round 3.
Another call on competition status will be made at 7am tomorrow and Round 3 is expected to resume with Heat 5 featuring Bobby Martinez (USA) versus Ben Bourgeois (USA).
The ASP Top 45 European contingent got back into business at Lower Trestles in California, all four representatives attending the Boost Mobile, seventh event of eleven on this year's ASP World Tour.
Round 2 of the Boost Mobile Pro will resume in three to five foot waves at Lower Trestles this morning. The first two heats of the round were completed yesterday so Heat 3 of Round 2 will be the first ASP World Tour action in the water this morning.
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