Oakley Newport Pro: Day 3,4

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Eight Oakley Pro Junior competitors qualified to the semifinals today, five of them being Oakley riders, meaning Oakley is guaranteed two finalists in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 event.

Although scheduled to run through the Semifinals this afternoon with the Finals set to run on Sunday, event organizers at the Oakley Pro Junior opted to call competition off following the completion of the Quarterfinals due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions.

Despite the trying afternoon surf, the points race at the second of three Pro Junior events on the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series saw surfers collectively lift their competitive game, slicing through the shifting beachbreak peaks.

"Oakley’s Trevor Saunders blew everyone out of the water," said Shea Perkins, Oakley Surf Marketing. "He scoring the highest heat total of the entire event and is the man to beat."

Saunders scored a 17.35 out of a possible 20, dispatching of East Coasters Travis Beckmann (Vero Beach, FL) and Cody Thompson (Jacksonville Beach, FL).

“It’s such a huge confidence boost to go out and beat the top guys out here,” Saunders said. “It feels really good. This is the farthest I’ve ever made it in these events so I’m super stoked and I hope I can go all the way.”

Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), current ratings leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, advanced to the semis as well.

“I’m doing double duty right now so it’s a lot of surfing, but it’s good to get a lot of reps in,” Arrambide said. “The conditions deteriorated this afternoon, but I still managed to get through both my heats. It’s important for me to do well in this event as it’s the second-to-last of the season. It’s an important event in the qualifying race for Australia.”

Oakley’s Brent Dorrington (Gold Coast, AUS), winner of April’s Oakley Pro Junior at Lower Trestles, has been eliminated from Oakley Newport Beach Pro presented by Jeep competition, but remains a solid threat to the North American draw in the Oakley Pro Junior.

“It was a bit disappointing going down in the men’s event, but that just happens in surfing,” Dorrington said. “I’m stoked to still be in the junior event and hopefully I make another final out here. The waves are similar to Duranbah back home on the Goldy so I feel pretty comfortable out here. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s heats.”

The Semifinals of the Oakley Pro Junior will run tomorrow at 10:20am with the Finals running at 1pm on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007.

The Oakley Newport Beach Pro presented by Jeep has narrowed it down to the final 16 competitors, including Oakley’s Nate Yeomans, Nick Rozsa and Dustin Barca. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star event kicked off in beautiful, glassy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at 56th Street this morning, creating the ideal canvas for the solid mix of established veterans and exciting up-and-comers to showcase their respective talents.

Kilian Garland (Santa Barbara County, CA) posted the highest heat total of the morning, a 13.80 out of a possible 20, dispatching of local talents Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA) and Brad Ettinger (Huntington Beach, CA). "I’ve been staying down here in Newport a lot so I surf 56th all the time, Garland said. "I had Andrew (Doheny) and Brad (Ettinger) in my heat so I knew I was going to have to get some good scores early. "I’m super stoked I’m through to the quarters and hopefully I can keep on going."

Micah Byrne (Huntington Beach, CA), who has already scalped an ASP WQS 2-Star this season at his home break in March, scored a sensational 11th-hour victory in his Round 5 clash, narrowly edging out lethal import
Brent Dorrington (Gold Coast, AUS).

"It was a close heat out there for sure," Byrne said. "The lead flip-flopped right until the end and I was on the bubble for quite a while. I was fortunate enough to grab a couple of runners right off the jetty and was able to claw my way back into it. The surfers out there are hungry, and it¹s only going to get harder from here on."

The big Round 5 upset this morning was the elimination of de facto Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep ratings leader Shaun Ward (Huntington Beach, CA) at the hands of Hawaiian ripper Daniel Jones (North Shore, HI) and Pro Junior wunderkind Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA).

Heading into the final two days of competition, remaining Oakley Newport Beach Pro competitors Anthony Petruso (Malibu, CA), Adam Virs (Ventura, CA), Micah Byrne (Huntington Beach, CA), Dustin Barca (Hanalei, HI), Austin Ware (San Diego, CA) and defending Macy¹s Trifecta Champion Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA) all pose a threat to overtaking the 2007 Macy¹s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep ratings after Ward’s Round 5 elimination.

The men will hit the water tomorrow morning at 9 a.m for the Quarterfinals before resting up for a big finish on Sunday.

The event is being webcast LIVE at The Oakley Newport Beach Pro presented by Jeep has narrowed it down to the final 16 competitors following a stunning morning of performances to complete Round 5. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star event kicked off in beautiful, glassy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at 56th Street this morning, creating the ideal canvas for the solid mix of established veterans and exciting up-and-comers to showcase their respective talents.

Kilian Garland (Santa Barbara County, CA) posted the highest heat total of the morning, a 13.80 out of a possible 20, dispatching of local talents Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA) and Brad Ettinger (Huntington Beach, CA).

"I’ve been staying down here in Newport a lot so I surf 56th all the time," Garland said. "I had Andrew (Doheny) and Brad (Ettinger) in my heat so I knew I was going to have to get some good scores early. I’m super stoked I’m through to the quarters and hopefully I can keep on going."

Micah Byrne (Huntington Beach, CA), who has already scalped an ASP WQS 2-Star this season at his home break in March, scored a sensational 11th-hour victory in his Round 5 clash, narrowly edging out lethal import Brent Dorrington (Gold Coast, AUS).

"It was a close heat out there for sure," Byrne said. "The lead flip-flopped right until the end and I was on the bubble for quite a while. I was fortunate enough to grab a couple of runners right off the jetty and was able to claw my way back into it. The surfers out there are hungry, and it’s only going to get harder from here on."

The big Round 5 upset this morning was the elimination of de facto Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep ratings leader Shaun Ward (Huntington Beach, CA) at the hands of Hawaiian ripper Daniel Jones (North Shore, HI) and Pro Junior wunderkind Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA).

Heading into the final two days of competition, remaining Oakley Newport Beach Pro competitors Anthony Petruso (Malibu, CA), Adam Virs (Ventura, CA), Micah Byrne (Huntington Beach, CA), Dustin Barca (Hanalei, HI), Austin Ware (San Diego, CA) and defending Macy¹s Trifecta Champion Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA) all pose a threat to overtaking the 2007 Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep ratings after Ward¹s Round 5 elimination.

The men will hit the water tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. for the Quarterfinals before resting up for a big finish on Sunday.

The event is being webcast LIVE at www.newportbeachpro.com.

Author

Staff Writer

Date

September 21, 2007