Patrick Gudauskas

The Islas Canarias Santa Pro witnessed massive winds and solid five-to-six foot (1.5 to 2 meter)) waves today, the event going mobile for the second time of the week to the nearby location of El Muelle. With the eight Man-on-man battles of Round 4 completed in the testing surf, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime will name its champion tomorrow.

Third to last event of the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), the Islas Canarias Santa Pro remaining contenders stepped-up to deliver an impressive show, knowing every heat-win from now on can change their fate towards the end-of-the-year international rankings.

Patrick Gudauskas (California, USA), 23, took control of the day’s score board to lead the assault of Round 4 eliminating French Polynesian Alain Riou (Tahiti, PYF) en route to the Quarterfinals. Gudauskas confirmed his status of favorite in the event today taming the solid sets with a couple of fives before sealing his heat win with the day’s highest wave score, a 9.43 point reward.

“It was really hard today, probably the windiest contest I’ve been to all year,” Gudauskas said. “There are good waves coming-in but it’s just really hard to get the good ones. That last wave was pretty good; I am stoked to finish off the heat with a big score for sure.”

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Alain Riou

The ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Islas Canarias Santa Pro got closer to its business-end today with last sixteen men decided in wind-blown consistent five-foot (1.5 meter) waves at San Juan. With Round 3 wrapping-up by the day’s end after an exciting series of 3-Man battles, things are set for an intense finish when the first Man-on-man match-ups hit the water tomorrow.

Final event on this year’s ASP European WQS Series and third-to-last event of the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), the Islas Canarias Santa Pro got into serious business with crucial ratings’ points up for grabs as the competition field decreased from ninety-six to sixteen.

From experienced athletes to surprising outsiders, today’s action saw the rise of serious event crown contenders with ASP World Tour rookie Drew Courtney (AUS) leading the pack in style.

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Nic Muscroft

The ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Islas Canarias Santa Pro got back in motion at its main venue of San Juan, the expected consistent surf coming to reality for the second day of competition.

With the famous lefthand pointbreak of San Juan delivering five-to-six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves throughout the day, Lanzarote witnessed some world class surfing with Round 1 and four heats of Round 2 wrapping-up in clean conditions, top seeds controlling the game in style.

Nic Muscoft (Victoria, AUS), 27, Islas Canarias Santa Pro defending champion, lost no time to set pace and make his intentions clear displaying exceptional surfing to secure his Round 2 ticket. Muscroft, who put on a series of devastating backhand top turns combined to a smart wave selection, lit-up the competition area with the day’s highest score of 18.60 points (out of a possible 20).

“That was really fun out there and I am stoked to be back,” Muscroft said. “I started off with a couple of messy ones and I was going a bit safe because it was bumpy but then it cleaned-up and my last wave was a really good “wedgy” one. It walled-up right from the corner with a good wall and ran slowly with a couple of good sections so it was a pretty easy wave to surf.”

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