David Weare takes out Championship
South Africa’s David Weare won the WQS 4-star Body Glove Surfbout at Trestles with a display of smooth, calculated and aggressive surfing in epic head-high conditions, endless amounts of sunshine and in front of one of the largest crowds this event has ever seen.
Conditions through the week were perfect, with consistent 3-5 foot sets, and it was Weare who took full advantage of them. In his heat rounds of 64 and 32, he narrowly squeaked through to advance into the qualifying slots – with rides in literally the last 10 seconds of both heats giving him the scores he needed to progress.
“Trestles is a very similar wave to my home-break, New Pier in Durban, that’s why I decided to come over for this event” said Weare, a 6 year WQS veteran. “I am super focused this year, and really want to do the best I can in each event to qualify (for the WCT)” – and focused he was. You could see it before every heat, sitting in the corner with his THUMP eyewear pumping out a mixture of rock and rap, shutting out the crowd and commotion of the contest. Focused.
The quarter and semi-finals were a different affair with David advancing in 1st place in a nearly set-less quarter final, and in the semi-final, he held nothing back scoring a 9.33 on his first wave and beating local favorites Tim Curran & Rob Machado.
In the final, Weare set the bar in the first 5 minutes with a 9.23 first wave, lofting a front-side air midway through the wave on his forehand, landing and blazing down the line with a ballistic series of tail-slides that left the crowd and his competitors wondering if he even had any fins on his board, and a 7.83 backup wave which would see him hold onto the lead for the entire final…..well, except for a brief moment when a judging error caused them to mistakenly announce that Aussie Adrian Buchan had taken the lead with about 5 minutes to go. “I couldn’t believe my ears when they told me I was in second…..and then when they announced they had made a mistake, I knew I just had to sit on Adrian.”
David only rode 3 waves in the final, while his opponents rode between 7 and 8, but the waves he took were THE waves, and in the end he deserved the well-earned victory. “This has been like a dream day….I just tried to take it one heat at a time out there. Every heat has been really tough, but fortunately in the final I got 2 good waves straight off the siren, and got the win”.
The 1500 points that Dave scored for this win moves him that much closer to the grand prize of qualifying for the 2006 World Championship Tour (WCT), and with his next event being the 6-star O’Neill Deep Blue Open in the Maldives, remember the name David Weare.