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October 08 Archive
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) saw an action packed week of competition with two ASP 6-Stars and a ASP 4-Star. Gabe Kling (St. Augustine, FL), 28, finished second at the Estoril Coast Pro at Cascais, Portugal, securing a spot on the 2009 ASP World Tour.
All surfers competing on the ASP WQS earn points towards qualification for the ASP World Tour. North American surfers Nathaniel Curran (Ventura, CA), 24, and Kling have officially secured positions on the 2009 dream tour, while Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 22, is also in excellent position to secure an ASP World Tour seed as well.
Kling has made a remarkable comeback from a rocky first half of the ASP WQS season. The Floridian fought off pneumonia and a knee injury and managed to make a remarkable comeback to qualify for next year’s ASP World Tour, which began at the Honda U.S. Open.
"It has been a strange year and I almost feel like it was two years in one," Kling said. "To have that many big events until the end just made my year and I am lucky I had the opportunity to come back that fast with three events in a row. I am stoked to be back on tour next year."
Kling finished second in the Estoril Coast Pro behind an unstoppable Jean de Silva, who claimed the event in a close, low scoring Final of 9.83 over Kling’s 9.67, both scores out of a possible 20, to claim the ASP WQS 6-Star win. Kling’s result gives him another shot at the ASP World Tour. The regular-footer competed on the ASP Dream Tour back in 2007, but was unable to requalify for 2008. The Final berth by Kling finds him back on the tour for 2009.
"I am stoked with the result but it is very disappointing not to be able to surf," Kling said. "The conditions were testing and I surfed four times today which made it hard for me but I just couldn't sit at the right place and I missed a couple of better waves."
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Gabe Kling has had a great couple of weeks. First he had a solid result in Brazil, boosting him into qualifying contention. Now that he placed 5th at the La Santa Surf Pro in the Canaries, Gabe has jumped to 9th place on the WQS with 11,163 points. Al Hunt from the ASP had this to say in his WQS Situation Room Report, "As you can see from the list below we now have 11 guys with over 11,000 points, which was the magic number a few months ago and I still feel they are safe."
It has been an up and down season for Gabe but now it looks like we will be seeing him on the WCT next year.
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October 13, 2008 PRESS RELEASE
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, October 12, 2008) The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series wrapped up an exciting week of action this weekend with the completion of the ASP WQS 6-Star Rio Surf Pro International pres. by Oakley and the ASP WQS 4-Star Ocean & Earth Pro pres. by La Caja de Canarias. Gabe Kling (St. Augustine, FL), 28, was this week¹s top American performer with a fifth place finish at the Rio Surf Pro.
Kling¹s performance at the Brazilian event was a critical result in his ASP WQS campaign. The Quarterfinals finish launched the former ASP World Tour surfer from 23rd to 15th on the ratings, which means he is temporarily in position to compete as part of the top 45 next year.
The Floridian¹s notable performance included heat wins over Brazilian standouts Raoni Monteiro (Saquarema, BRA), 26, and Jadson Andre (Natal, BRA), 18, before losing his Quarterfinals heat to Michel Bourez (Rurutu, PYF), 22.
³It was a heat with only few waves so I think it was my luck to get two good ones,² Kling said. ³I remember Noronha but in the water it makes no difference, I was only thinking about winning, it doesn¹t matter against who. I have to move on to improve in the ratings."
Kling has overcome injury and illness throughout the first half of the year and has significantly improved his standing on the ASP WQS throughout the second half of the season. The regular-footer will look to better his chances of qualification for the 2009 ASP Dream Tour with another solid result at next week¹s ASP WQS 6-Star Prime event, the La Santa Surf Pro at San Juan Lanzarote in the Canaries.
³I feel pretty good,² Kling said. ³It has been a long year but there are still five contests left and I'm a few results away so I am hoping stuff will go my way. I am looking forward to canaries, hopefully we will get some swell because that wave is sick!²
Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA), 23, was also a standout in Brazil. Simpson posted a ninth place finish at the event and moved up to No. 20 on the ratings.
Che Stang (Carlsbad, CA), 25, took top honors for North Americans at the Ocean and Earth Pro with ninth place finish. Stang cracked the top 100 with the result, moving him into the No. 95 spot amongst his competitors.
In other ASP WQS news, Nathaniel Curran (Oxnard, CA), 24, will be back in action after a brief sabbatical from the grind. Curran officially qualified for next year¹s ASP Dream Tour earlier this year in Europe and hopes to have a strong finish to his stellar season.
³I guess the pressure is off to make the tour, but I still want to finish strong,² Curran said. ³I¹m going to Europe for the last two 6-Stars and then Hawaii.²
The ASP WQS will continue next week with the 6-Star PRIME La Santa Surf Pro at San Juan Lanzarote in the Canaries from October 14-19, where surfers looking to qualify for the 2009 ASP World Tour will be out to claim some of the valuable ratings points on offer at the event.
For additional ASP info or to access the La Santa Surf Pro website log on to www.aspworldtour.com
For other info regarding North American surfers log on to www.aspnorthamerica.org
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Gabe is currently in Brazil competing in the Rio Surf Pro 6 Star presented by Oakley. He is seeded in the Round of 96 and is guaranteed at least 563 points but really needs at least 700 points to improve his WQS ranking.
After Brazil, Gabe is heading straight to the Canaries to compete in the La Santa Surf Pro 6 Star Prime. This will be a great opportunity for Gabe to increase his WQS ranking because of his history of solid results in the Canaries and the fact that it is a 6 Star Prime, meaning there are more points up in the air.
Gabe will then be making the relatively short flight from the Canaries to Portugal in order to compete in the Estoril Coast Pro 6 Star. This will be another great opportunity for Gabe to gain ground in the WQS rankings because many of the top seeded surfers will be in Brazil for the 6 Star that is taking place at the same time.
Here's what Gabe had to say about his 2008 WQS season, "So far my season has been pretty up and down but I am still in the hunt and there are plenty of big comps left [3x 6 Star Primes, 2x 6 Stars] and these next few weeks are going to be big. Everyone is really close and there is plenty of room to jump up in the 'QS rankings. I am really just hoping to get some good results and some fun waves."
Keep checking back for continuous coverage of the 2008 WQS.
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Congrats to Little B for winning North West NSSA Open Mens Story on Surfers Village
OPEN MENS 1. Britt Galland-Rancho Santa Fe 11.0 2. John Wilson-Santa Cruz 9.5 3. Kadin Panesi-Pacifica 7.0 4. Anthony Dunn-Santa Cruz 6.5
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Alana Blanchard has been riding for SB Surfboards for about a year now and throughout that time we have made her father, Holt, and younger brother, Dorian, some boards as well. Turns out Dorian rips to. Check out this photo of him on his 5'3" G-Minor:
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