Trestles Round One
Oakley’s Adriano de Souza (BRA), current No. 24 on the Foster’s ASP World Tour, bested defending Boost Mobile Pro Champion Bede Durbidge (AUS) in their Round 1 clash Sunday at the Boost Mobile Pro, event No. 6 of 10 on the Foster’s ASP World Tour. De Souza will move straight to Round 3.
"The conditions are pretty similar to those at home,” says De Souza, who has been with Oakley for ten years. “I’m in an ok place right now—not too bad, not too good. It’s a hard spot to stay in tough. It’s really important that I do well in this event. All my energy in this—I want to win.”
De Souza moves straight to Round 3, which will tentatively take place on Thursday.
“I’m learning a lot my second year on tour,” says De Souza who won the WQS in 2005. “When I’m home in Brazil, all my energy is in my training. I’m happiest when I’m in the water. Winning is always on my mind. I’m always thinking: contests, contests, contests. I want to be in the top 16 this year.”
Oakley’s South African threat, Royden Bryson, came in second in his first heat on Sunday with a 13.50, beating out San Clemente hometown hero and fellow Oakley teamrider, Chris Ward.
“It’s alright,” says Bryson. “That’s the way it goes. I’m looking forward to Round 2. That’s the thing with our sport. You can fly halfway around the world, it’s flat and you can loose without catching a wave. That’s the difference between MX, golf…your track is there. We have to find our track before we start playing."
Bryson missed a WCT event in Tahiti due to Visa complications, but is sitting comfortably to requalify for the tour next year. After a fifth place in Huntington, a third in England and a 5th at the Super Series in France, he’s currently 18th on the WQS. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I hope to double qualify.”
Two years ago, Bryson made a personal decision to take surfing seriously and put the sport ahead of his social life. He took a year off of partying and a year later qualified for the WCT.
“Nothing in life comes without sacrifices," says Bryson. "To be competing with the best in the world, you’ve got to fine-tune every aspect of yourself—physically, mentally, spiritually…you have to be on top of everything. All these guys are incredibly talented, but it’s the ones who are really training who are on top. You can see it in them—they’re physically stronger and that helps their mental game. There are just a handful. Mick has definitely lead by example. I won’t be surprised if he wins the world title—he deserves it. No one has worked harder.”
Bryson surfs against Brazilian Bernardo Miranda in the last heat of Round 2 (1st of the elimination rounds) which will look to begin tomorrow at 8am sharp with all 16 heats webcast LIVE at www.boostmobilepro.com.
The Boost Mobile Pro waiting period stretches to Saturday, Sept. 15 with a call on competition status made each morning on ‘The Dawn Patrol,’ a TV quality production being webcast LIVE on www.boostmobilepro.com at 7:30am local time.
For more information on Round 1 visit the photo and video galleries on www.boostmobilpro.com as well as the media center on www.aspworldtour.com.
BOOST MOBILE PRO ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 6: Daniel Wills (AUS) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 7: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Troy Brooks (AUS)
Heat 8: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Trent Munro (AUS)
Heat 9: Pancho Sullivan (HAW vs. Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
Heat 10: Cory Lopez (USA) vs. Shaun Cansdell (AUS)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 12: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 13: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 14: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Michael Lowe (AUS)
Heat 15: Bernardo Miranda (BRA) vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF)
Heat 16: Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)