Gudauskas claims top honors for North Americans in Spain
Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 22, was a standout in this week’s ASP World Qualifying Series 5-Star event, the O’Neill Pantin Classic, held in Pantin, Spain, finishing fifth overall.
The inaugural ASP WQS 2-Star Vans El Ponto Loco also ran last week at Ponto beach in Carlsbad, California and saw Dillon Perillo (Malibu, CA), 18, earn a second place finish behind Hawaiian Casey Brown (Kona, HI), 20.
It is coming down to crunch time on the grind as the European leg of the ASP WQS begins to wrap things up. Gudauskas made sure to take his slice of the ratings points pie in Europe, earning a second place finish in the Buondi Billabong Pro in Portugal and a fifth place finish at this week's O’Neill Pantin Classic, significantly helping his cause towards qualification for the ASP World Tour. The San Clemente native led the ASP WQS ratings for the first half of the season, but slipped down a few notches to No. 10 after a slow start to the second half of the season. Guduaskas shook off the cobwebs and moved back up to speed, launching himself up to the No. 3 position amongst the world’s finest up-and-coming competitors after this week's result in solid six-to-eight foot conditions in Pantin, Spain. Gudauskas ousted younger brother Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 20, in the Round of 24 on the way to his Quarterfinals berth. Tanner, brother Dane Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 22, and Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 27, finished equal 17th overall.
Meanwhile, Perillo was turning heads in Carlsbad, California at the inaugural Vans El Ponto Loco. Perillo earned the event’s highest heat total of an 18.25 out of a possible 20 point score in the Billabong Pro Junior, which ran in conjunction to the ASP WQS event. The young surfer from Malibu, California defeated former ASP World Tour surfer Shane Beschen (San Clemente, CA), 36, in Round of 32 and topped ASP WQS veteran Jason Collins (Santa Cruz, CA), 34, in the Final. Collins finished in third overall behind Perillo. His first ASP WQS Final appearance marks the best result of his career. The young Californian has had a successful amateur career and seems to be making a smooth transition into the world of professional surfing. The talented regular-footer attributes his success to surfing in both the men’s and junior’s divisions of competition.
Brad Ettinger (Huntington Beach, CA), 24, finished fourth overall in the ASP WQS 2-Star event. The Huntington Beach talent was one to watch throughout the competition and took advantage of the local event after competing in the European leg of the ASP WQS.
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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.
William Cardoso (BRA), 22, won the ASP World Qualifying Series 5-Star O'Neill Pantin Classic in three foot (one meter) waves defeating Michel Bourez (PYF) in the final man-on-man battle of the week winning 2000 valuable points counting for the international ratings.