Slater wins hard fought battle over Burrow
Burrow blitzed early and with a 9.00 and 9.63 in his scoreline before the halfway mark, had Slater looking for a combination of excellent scoring waves to contend. In sheer Slater fashion, the eight-time World Champion fought his way back to claim victory.
Even with the 9.7, Slater was still searching for an 8.93. Burrow gave Slater a very average looking wave with less than two minutes to go – a mistake that cost him the win and a healthy prize purse. Hurley, the presenting sponsor of the event, threw an additional US$45,000 on top of the standard US$30,000 first place prize purse – the winner of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley took home US$75,000 today.
To add insult to Burrow’s injury, the final was five minutes longer than the standard ASP final which is usually 35-minutes in duration. Slater talked Burrow and the contest director into lengthening the heat before they paddled out and that was the difference today. Burrow wore his disappointment at today’s loss on his sleeve. He jumped from World No. 4 to World No. 2 with the result but it was of little consolation.
Slater has to win the event at the next tour stop in France to seal the deal on title No. 9 there. And even if he does win, should Burrow finish 3rd or World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) or World No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) make the final, the race will continue until the following stop in Mundaka, Spain. World No. 4 Joel Parkinson (AUS) only stays in World Title contention if Slater finishes second or lower in France. Had Burrow won today, Slater would not have been mathematically capable of clinching the title at the next event.
Slater beat 2006 Boost Mobile Pro Champion Bede Durbidge (AUS) in the semifinal round. The heat was a flashback to the 2006 Lower Trestles final the two shared – but with a different outcome. Durbidge maintains his World No. 3 rating with the result.
Burrow had to get past France’s Jeremy Flores to make today’s final. Like nearly all of the heats held today, the competition was close.
Flores, who was ASP Rookie of the Year in 2007, made it to the semifinals of the Boost Mobile Pro last year too. He is back in the Top 10 after today’s equal third finish.
California’s Bobby Martinez and Dane Reynolds made the quarterfinals, as did Fanning and Brazilian rookie Heitor Alves. The next stop on the 2008 ASP World Tour will start on September 19 in Hossegor, France.
Jeremy Flores, the best French and European surfer ever competing on the ASP World Tour, was in excellent form on Day 3 of the Boost Mobile Pro and secured a berth into Quarterfinals of the seventh stop of 11 on this year's Dream Tour.
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.