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ASP World Tour News   Altered Dream Tour Format for ASP World Tour in 2009
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ASP World Tour News Altered Dream Tour Format for ASP World Tour in 2009

COOLANGATTA, Australia (Monday, October 27, 2008) – Following one of the most historic board meetings to date, the ASP has introduced the option for a new competition format to be implemented in ASP World Tour events in 2009.

Gabe Kling Finishes Second at Estoril Coast Pro, Qualifies for ASP World Tour
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Gabe Kling Finishes Second at Estoril Coast Pro, Qualifies for ASP World Tour

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.

Da Silva Wins Estoril Coast Pro in Portugal, Pires and Kling Secure Crucial Resu
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Da Silva Wins Estoril Coast Pro in Portugal, Pires and Kling Secure Crucial Resu

CARCAVELOS/GUINCHO, Portugal (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Jean Da Silva (BRA), 23, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro at the back-up venue of Guincho today, in testing six to eight foot (2 to 2.5 meter) waves. Da Silva, who defeated American Gabe Kling (USA) in the last battle of the ASP WQS European Series, clinched 2500 valuable ratings’ points and confirmed he was back in form after a tough year.

Tim Boal Crowned 2008 ASP European Champion
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Tim Boal Crowned 2008 ASP European Champion

CARCAVELOS, Portugal (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA), 25, was crowned ASP European Men’s Champion after his last title contender Marlon Lipke (DEU) was eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro today. Boal, who clinches his maiden regional title, did not attend the event in Portugal due to a foot injury but adds another title to his stellar year after qualifying for next year’s ASP World Tour.

Local Surfers Battle for Top Honors at O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Local Surfers Battle for Top Honors at O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic completed Round 5 today in three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) surf. Local surfers Bud Freitas (Santa Cruz, CA), 24, and Randy Bonds (Santa Cruz, CA), 31, continued to standout in front of their home crowd as they attempt to take the O’Neill Cold Water Classic title back to Santa Cruz, while Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 18, proved he is a threat to steal the title chances from the Santa Cruz entourage. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships completed Round 2 and the first two Quarterfinal heats this afternoon as well.

Burrow Looks to Post Fourth Brazilian Victory at Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro
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Burrow Looks to Post Fourth Brazilian Victory at Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – ASP World No. 2 Taj Burrow (AUS) is currently competing in his 10th season on the ASP World Tour. If you look at his results over that decade, Brazil has been Burrow’s most consistent event – three of his six ASP World Tour career wins were earned there. Burrow heads into the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, starting Tuesday, Oct. 28th, looking for victory No. 7.

Quarterfinalists Decided at Estoril Coast Pro, Champion Crowned Tomorrow
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Quarterfinalists Decided at Estoril Coast Pro, Champion Crowned Tomorrow

GUINCHO / CARCAVELOS, Portugal (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – The Estoril Coast Pro, last ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event of the year taking place on the European shores, entered the exciting and dramatic Man-on-man Round 5 at the main location of Carcavelos today in excellent three-foot surf after wrapping up the 3-Man battles in building six to eight foot (2 to 2.5 meter) waves at the back-up venue of Guincho. The Estoril Coast Pro will finish tomorrow and eight men only remain in contention for the ASP WQS 6-Star valuable 2500 winner’s points.

Nat Young Leads Local Contingent on Day Four of O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Nat Young Leads Local Contingent on Day Four of O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Friday, October 24, 2008) – Day Four of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic saw Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 17, lead the battle of the locals in his stacked heat against fellow Santa Cruz standouts Jason Collins (Santa Cruz, CA), 34, who advanced in second, and former two-time event finalist Josh Loya (Santa Cruz, CA), 39. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships saw a blend of international talent hit the water today as well.

Major Upsets and Big Scores in Estoril Coast Pro, Benson Shines and Leads Charge
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Major Upsets and Big Scores in Estoril Coast Pro, Benson Shines and Leads Charge

GUINCHO, Portugal (Friday, October 24, 2008) – The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro endured strong on-shore winds today at its back-up venue of Guincho and twenty heats were ran in three foot (one meter) tricky waves giving all competitors a hard time to battle for a berth in Round 4, the 3-Man heat round.