Amazing day of action at the Boost Mobile Pro
The standard of surfing at the Boost Mobile Pro was nothing short of electrifying today, but per usual, it was eight-time ASP World Champion and ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA) who stole the show.
With a 9.17 and 9.60 in his Round 4 scoreline, Slater had opponent Kieren Perrow (AUS) needing a combination of scores to beat him with half the heat to go. Still, with 20 seconds remaining, Slater pulled out all the stops and stamped his authority on the heat by posting the first and only perfect 10 of the event thus far.
Slater surfed twice today, beating wildcard and former ASP World Champion Sunny Garcia (HAW) in Round 3 and then Perrow in Round 4. His upcoming quarterfinal opponent Bobby Martinez (USA) was among a bevy of standout surfers today.
Martinez made his heat with a 9.87 and 8.50 to find himself matched up with the Slater, the two-time and reigning Boost Mobile Pro Champion. The two recently went head to head in Fiji, with Slater victorious there, but barely.
Slater’s pick for form surfer of the event – Dane Reynolds (USA) – wowed again today and took out World No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS). Currently campaigning for a record ninth world title, Slater was obviously pleased about that, but isn’t letting his guard down. Always the mathematician, he is already looking at how the ratings will change when the surfers start to drop their two low results – only 9 of 11 events count toward an ASP World Tour surfer’s final tally.
Slater lost to World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) in the Boost Mobile Pro final in 2006. Durbidge lit up Lower Trestles in a similar fashion today – eliminating fellow Aussie Luke Stedman when he posted a 9.17 and 9.40 to amass an 18.57 out of 20.00 heat total. Durbidge is still an outside title threat, and with a win, he could easily reclaim the world No. 2 spot.
With five minutes to go, rookie Dane Reynolds (USA) needed a 4.94 to win his heat against Parkinson. He upped the anty with a last second wave to earn 9.33 and a spot in the quarters against Durbidge.
France’s Jeremy Flores scraped his way into Quarterfinal 3 with a last minute victory against the tour’s top rated Brazilian surfer, Adriano de Souza. The Frenchman will meet reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) – who beat Taylor Know (USA) today – in the next round.
The last two heats of Round 4 will be the first action in the water when the Boost Mobile Pro resumes. Heat 7 is a scorcher with Taj Burrow (AUS) and Jordy Smith (ZAF) both looking to secure a spot in the quarters. Heat 8 pits rookies Jay Thompson (AUS) and Heitor Alves (BRA) against one another to see who will exit the event equal 9th and who will go further; either way, their results at the Boost Mobile Pro will be personal bests for both surfers.
Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7 and event organizers are hoping to run the last nine heats of the Boost Mobile Pro. If everything goes according to plan the final should hit the water between around 1 pm.
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.
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.
Event officials have opted not to run Round 1 at Lower Trestles this morning. The waiting period for the seventh of 11 events on the 2008 ASP World Tour stretches from Sept. 7-13, 2008.