Mullen and Barley flare in improved conditions on day two of Oakley Newport Beach Pro
The second day of the Oakley Newport Beach Pro saw standout surfing from Macy Mullen (Mililani, HI), 28, Brett Barley (Outer Banks, NC), 18 and Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 17, in Round 3.
Today's top performers took advantage of the excellent two-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions on offer by posting the day's top scores. The ASP World Qualifying Series 2-Star event running until Sunday of this week is the seventh of nine ASP WQS events held in North America.
The Oakley Newport Beach Pro and the Oakley Pro Junior represents the second stop on the Macy's California Trifecta Surf Series. The miniseries contains three events for both ASP WQS and ASP North America Pro Junior competitors and offers an additional prize purse to the series winner at year's end.
Mullen earned the day's highest combined heat total of 16.83 out of a possible 20 point score by issuing explosive frontside turns on the lefthanders on offer at 56th street today. The Hawaiian showed poise in the beginning of his heat while waiting for a wave offering solid scoring potential. Mullen was the first to post big scores on the changing conditions on offer today. The increase in southerly swell offered a racy left breaking off the 56th street jetty, which suited the quick Hawaiian's surfing. The goofy-footer's fins-free turns were rewarded handsomely by the judges.
Barley earned the day's highest single wave score of a 9.33 out of a possible 10 with a barrel off of the jetty, followed by several frontside hacks. The North Carolina native only had a small second score, but his first near perfect ride combined with his second score proved to be enough for the heat win. Barley was a standout in the punchy surf on offer today. The East Coaster finds the Newport beachbreak is the closest thing to his home on the Outer Banks when he's surfing out West.
Young took the confidence earned at his Billabong Pro Junior victory earlier this month into the Oakley Newport Beach Pro today. The prodigious goofy-footer posted some of the event's highest scores, with a 9.00 ride out of a possible 10 in his Round 3 heat. Young followed up with a solid second score of 6.33 for a combined heat total of 15.33 out of a possible 20. Young surfed against two other Santa Cruz surfers, Noi Kaulukukui (Santa Cruz, CA), 26 and Austin Smith-Ford (Santa Cruz, CA), 20 and proved to be the top surfer out of the Santa Cruz contingent in the Round 3 heat.
Round 1 of the Oakley Pro Junior saw Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 20, in top form this afternoon. The explosive goofy-footer is fresh off of the European leg of the ASP WQS and his surfing was top-notch in Round 1 of the ASP Grade-2 event. Gudauskas earned the wildcard for last year's Billabong ASP World Junior Championships as the top North American finisher under the age of 21 and posted a third place result. The youngest of the Gudauskas trio is on track for another wildcard appearance in this year's event.
Tomorrow's action will see top seeds such as two-time Oakley Newport Beach Pro champion Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 27, current ASP WQS No. 4 Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 22 and Dustin Barca (North Shore, HI), 26, take on today's standouts. Round 2 of the Oakley Pro Junior will run following Round 4 of the Oakley Newport Beach Pro.
The 3rd annual Roxy Jam Cardiff featuring the Linda Benson Women’s World Longboard Pro will be held September 19-21 in Cardiff, California. ASP World Qualifying Series WQS 6-Star event marks the biggest event for professional women’s longboarders in North America.
The Oakley Newport Beach Pro completed the first two rounds of competition today in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf. The ASP World Qualifying Series 2-Star event is the seventh of nine held in North America, with each contest offering ratings points towards qualification for the ASP World Tour.
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