HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, August 30, 2009) – San Diego County Native Austin Ware (Solana Beach, CA), 28, earned his best result of the 2009 season with a fifth place finish at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Azores Islands Pro in Europe this week, moving up to the No. 10 position on The Grind.
Although Ware got off to a slow start this season, the hard-working Californian has been improving upon his results throughout the year and the valuable ratings points earned at last week’s ASP 6-Star event will play a vital role in his quest for qualification for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour.
“I am keeping my roll going and this is the best result I have had in Europe since the final I made in Pantin against Patrick (Gudauskas) in 2006,” Ware said. “I am pretty stoked right now, I had a fifth in Lacanau and I am in for the final day and I am looking forward for some more heats tomorrow.”
The powerful regular footer’s result was no easy feat however, as he battled former ASP Dream Tour surfers Travis Logie (Durban ZAF), 30, and Bernardo Miranda (BRA), on the way to his impressive Semifinals finish.
Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 21, also displayed another stellar performance when he marched to a ninth place finish against the world’s finest up-and-coming talent out to find their way on to next year’s ASP World Tour.
The young goofy-footer is now rated 12th overall on the ASP WQS. Other Americans currently sitting within the top 15 on The Grind include Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 23, who is the highest rated American on the Global circuit, and Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA), 24, who is currently out of competition due to an ankle injury, is sitting in eighth overall. Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, is also having a solid season and is rated 15th.
The next event slated on the ASP WQS is the ASP 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz presented by Euskaltel, which runs from September 1-6, 2009.
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