Yeomans Claims Consecutive Title
Defending event champion and reigning Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep champion Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA) posted an incredible come-from-behind victory to claim his second consecutive Oakley Newport Beach Pro presented by Jeep title. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star event culminated a week’s worth of competition today in rippable two-to-three foot surf at 56th Street in Newport Beach.
Although fellow finalist Adam Virs (Ventura, CA) held a commanding lead for the majority of the final, Yeomans found a running lefthander in the dying moments and raced down the line into a massive shotgun aerial on the end section. The incredible maneuver netted Yeomans the score, the win and his second consecutive Oakley Newport Beach Pro title.
“I don’t even have words to explain how I feel right now,” Yeomans said. “I thought it was over out there. I was having a meltdown. I needed a big score and the waves just weren’t coming in. I took off on that wave and couldn’t do any maneuvers so I just picked up a bunch of speed and went for broke on that aerial. I didn’t know if they were going to give me the score, but they did.”
Yeomans’ incredible event win rockets him up to second on the 2007 Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep heading into the final event of the season, the O’Neill Cold Water Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz.
“It’s really hard to make those kind of finishes in surfing," said Shea Perkins, Oakley Surf Marketing, of Yeoman’s last-minute crowd-pleasing air. "So the fact that he was able to pull that crazy-big air in the final minute of the final heat is just amazing."
Virs, who was in incredible form all event, moves into first on the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep ratings with his solid runner-up finish.
“It’s bittersweet right now,” Virs said. “I’m still a bit bummed that I didn’t pull out the win here, but I’m super stoked to be at the top of the ratings heading into Santa Cruz. It feels like things are going my way now on the WQS and in North America and in the Trifecta, and I’m super thankful for all that. After sorting some things out at home this week, I will be surfing as much as I can and getting prepared for Santa Cruz. I hope I can keep this momentum up.”
Next stop on the 2007 ASP North America Men’s Tour will be the No Fear Mexican Surf Fiesta (ASP WQS 2-Star) in San Miguel from October 4-7, 2007 before culminating in the ASP North America Championships at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic presented by Jeep at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz from October 9-14, 2007 where the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep will culminate, awarding $10,000 and a new Jeep to the Trifecta points champ.
Oakley Newport Beach Pro presented by Jeep – ASP WQS 2-Star
Semifinals: 8 surfers remaining (1st and 2nd advance)
SF 1: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 17.25, Shaun Burrell (USA) 12.65, Kilian Garland (USA) 11.45, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.00
SF 2: Austin Ware (USA) 15.65, Adam Virs (USA) 14.00, Daniel Jones (HAW) 8.35, Micah Byrne (USA) 7.60
Final: 4 surfers
- – Nathan Yeomans (USA) 15.25
- – Adam Virs (USA) 13.95
- – Austin Ware (USA) 12.60
- – Shaun Burrell (USA) 8.85