NEWPORT BEACH, California (Wednesday, September 17, 2008) 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 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 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.
“I got off to a really slow start,” Mullen said. “I saw guys getting good ones and I just stayed patient. I was just trying to find a good one, but they were few and far between. As soon as I got one I knew I had to go big just to make it.”
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.
“The lefts are going really well,” Mullen said. “They’re really long and real quick and I think it suits my frontside. I’m just having fun with it and trying to do whatever I can do out there.”
Mullen is hoping to issue a repeat performance in Round 4 tomorrow against the event’s top seeds.
“I just want to keep going like I’m going right now,” Mullen said. “One heat at a time.”
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.
“I had position for it, but I thought Wesley was going to sneak around me,” Barley said. “I wasn’t expecting to pull in, but it had this little bowl to it and it breaks a lot like home, so I kind of knew. I tucked in and got that little head dip and came out. I did that cutback and lost some speed, but I connected with the next section. I’m stoked that I got that one because I couldn’t find anything to back it up.”
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.
“I’d say Newport breaks like home more than anywhere else in California,” Barley said. “It’s more punchy and quick. Everywhere else is kind of slower, so any time I come here it’s a lot more fun and it’s easier for me to adjust.”
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.
“The surf is fun,” Young said. “There were a lot of lefts coming in off of the jetty.”
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.
“I was really nervous because I lost first heat last year and I completely read my heat wrong last night,” Young said. “I didn’t really know how it was going to go out there.”
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.
“It was a fun heat,” Gudauskas said. “I had a free surf in my full suit and was all siked up. I’ve been traveling on the European leg of the ‘QS and had a blast. I scored Mundaka and it was a really sick trip.”
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.
“I’d love to get the wildcard again this year,” Gudauskas said. “A lot of the other junior guys are doing well on the ‘QS so it’s going to be an exciting end to the season.”
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.
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Round of 96: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Dillon Perillo (USA) 14.33, Kai Barger (HAW) 11.00, Travis Beckmann (USA) 7.93, Colin Schildhauer (USA) 5.00
Heat 2: Quinn McCrystal (HAW) 11.43, Jason Harris (USA) 11.17, Cody Thompson (USA) 10.63, Sean Marceron (USA) 7.33
Heat 3: Matt Meola (HAW) 11.20, Dane Johnson (USA) 10.84, John Daniels (USA) 6.83, Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 4.50
Heat 4: Tommy O’Brien (USA) 12.50, Jason Miller (USA) 10.10, Justin Swartz (USA) 9.80, Scott Posner (USA) 7.93
Heat 5: Danny Estes (USA) 10.83, Matt Mohagen (USA) 8.50, Jensen Callaway (USA) 7.43, Kyle Ramey (HAW) 6.60
Heat 6: Macy Mullen (HAW) 16.83, Chris Abad (USA) 12.37, Tony Adams (USA) 8.74, Chris Dennis (TTO) 8.67
Heat 7: Brent Reilly (USA) 11.53, Eric McHenry (USA) 10.90, Tommy Bursian (PRI) 9.77, Albee Layer (HAW) 7.30
Heat 8: Brett Barley (USA) 11.83, Brandon Guilmette (USA) 10.90, Wesley Larsen (HAW) 10.20, Danny Fuller (HAW) 8.03
Heat 9: Andrew Gesler (USA) 11.00, Dylan Melamed (HAW) 10.56, Rylan McCart (USA) 9.90, Victor Done (USA) 8.73
Heat 10: Nat Young (USA) 15.83, Dane Zaun (USA) 12.47, Austin Smith-Ford (USA) 11.10, Noi Kaulukukui (USA) 9.47
Heat 11: Micah Byrne (USA) 14.57, Nick Rupp (USA) 10.77, Sean Hayes (USA) 10.73, Michael Hoisington (USA) 9.60
Heat 12: Leif Engstrom (USA) 14.50, Blake Jones (USA) 10.93, Eddie Lester (USA) 10.10, Kellen Ellison (USA) 7.03
Heat 13: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.70, Bud Freitas (USA) 14.23, Dege O?Connell (HAW) 13.50, Cory Arrambide (USA) 8.80
Heat 14: Dane Ward (USA) 12.50, Evan Valiere (HAW) 11.03, Ian Rotgans (USA) 9.14, Bruno Rodrigues (USA) 4.00
Heat 15: Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.16, Ryan Briggs (USA) 11.50, Matt Keenan (USA) 9.03, Matt Johnson (USA) 5.73
Heat 16: Ted Navarro (USA) 11.00, Phillip Goold (USA) 8.44, Kevin Kapsky (HAW) 7.30, Adam Lambert (USA) 7.26
Round of 64: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.03, Daniel Shea (USA) 13.60, Conner Coffin (USA) 8.53, Brad Hagglund (USA) 7.64
Heat 2: Ford Archbold (USA) 13.67, Ian Crane (USA) 9.53, Rob Kelly (USA) 8.90, Andrew Bennett (USA) 5.80
Heat 3: Victor Done (USA) 10.66, Albee Layer (HAW) 10.10, Ryah Arthur (USA) 8.50, Mike McCabe (USA) 5.76
Heat 4: David Suhadolnik (USA) 12.17, Dillon Perillo (USA) 10.00, Jared Thorne (USA) 9.70, Colton Larson (USA) 6.40
Heat 5: Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 16.33, Spencer Regan (USA) 10.60, Keetin Devine (USA) 5.30, Matt Gallagher (USA) 4.33
Heat 6: Tayler Brothers (USA) 11.24, Nate Zoller (USA) 9.76, Nick Suhadolnik (USA) 9.00, Maximillian Karnig (USA) 4.80
Heat 7: Adam Lambert (USA) 10.20, Taylor Thorne (USA) 8.30, Sam McGee (USA) 7.07, Matt Pagan (USA) 6.93
Heat 8: Tyler Stanaland (USA) 13.60, Leif Engstrom (USA) 12.46, Chase Wilson (USA) 9.86, Dane Zaun (USA) 7.60