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Nike’s Venture into WQS a Success

Monday, May 5th, 2008

ben bourgeoisThe conditions and performances held on the final day of competition for the 6.0 Lowers Pro proved to be almost perfect, highlighting an overall successful debut onto the WQS scene for Nike 6.0. ASP Top 45 member Ben Bourgeois took out a loaded group of finalists on his way to victory in surf that could be classified as ‘almost’ perfect Trestles. Fred Patacchia, Joel Centeio, and Pat Gudauskas all came to battle it out with Bourgeois in the final but none were able to overcome the consistency and power displayed by the Carlsbad, Ca. resident. After the event, Bourgeois let it be known how excited he was to be taking home this huge win – “I’m stoked, it’s always good to get a win, and all those guys in the final are good friends of mine. My last win was in England, and Lowers is always a great event.”

Formerly known as the Body Glove Surfbout, the 6.0 Lowers Pro will move from a 4 star event as it was this year to a 6 star event in 2009. This is huge, in that the results have a significant meaning to competitors trying to qualify for the WCT. There is currently only one other 6 star event in North America. Adding another and holding it at the famed break of Trestles is a big step in helping to bring back relevance to the ASP North American leg of the WQS. Nike 6.0 is undoubtedly thrilled to be a part of that.

Congratulations to Ben Bourgeois- The 2008 winner of the 6.0 Lowers Pro!

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Adriano De Souza Wins Mark Richards Pro

Monday, April 7th, 2008

adrian de souzaThe future of professional surfing continues to look brighter and brighter. Brazilian Adriano De Souza is a big reason why. He took home a huge victory this past week at the Mark Richards Pro, defeating last years WCT rookie of the year and current 4th place contender Jeremy Flores in the final. Adriano himself is sitting tied for 9th on the Dream Tour, and at only 21 years of age has emerged as Brazil’s favorite to bring home a world championship.

Adriano announced his arrival on the world surfing stage in 2004, when he became the youngest ever surfer to be crowned the ASP World Junior Champion at just 16. He ended the following year as champion of the WQS; which was enough to see him qualify for the world tour in 2006.

Adriano surfs fast, almost “Mick” Fast. His heats are electric and that has been especially true at Snapper and Bells. Brazil has long been awaiting to have one of their own crowned ASP world champion, and Adriano de Souza is looking to do just that.

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Sunny Garcia’s Tour Hopes Hit Setback

Friday, April 4th, 2008

sunny garciaFormer world champion Sunny Garcia had high hopes for the Mark Richards Pro. Garcia was looking to use the 6-star WQS event as a springboard back onto to the elite men’s tour, but after this event those plans will be temporarily put on hold. In his very first heat at the event, The 38-year-old Hawaiian was nudged out of second place by less than a point in a last minute effort by Aussie Nick Riley from Queenscliff in Sydney.

Sunny played it off and was gracious in defeat. With that being said, this result undoubtedly does not sit well with the surfer who spent most of his career near the top.

“I’m a little unhappy that I didn’t make my heat because I did expect to do well,” he said. “Nevertheless, I’m here and I’m having fun. “I’ve got nothing to prove, I’ve got a world title and a triple crown – for me this is just icing on the cake.”

So where does this leave Garcia’s comeback? The tough part for him is that he is trying to get back on a tour that is as loaded and competitive as ever. We all know Sunny is an unbelievably talented surfer, but at the age of 38 and having faced quite a bit of turbulence over recent years he is facing an uphill battle just to even make it back on tour, let alone be considered once again amongst surfing’s elite.

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