FISTRAL BEACH, Newquay – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Relentless Boardmasters in association with Vans will kick-off tomorrow at Newquay in England, one of the United Kingdom’s most renowned surf cities, for another edition of the prestigious contest that has seen some of the world’s best surfers raise its coveted trophy for over twenty years now.
Scheduled at the start of the month of August and opening a series of five consecutive events that will run through mid-september, the Relentless Boardmasters promises to showcase surfing’s finest World Qualifying Series (WQS) athletes with current ASP WQS ratings’ leader Daniel Ross (AUS) leading the assault.
Ross, who has had a stellar year so far on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) after dropping back down from the elite ASP World Tour, will start his European campaign at Newquay with the clear goal of clinching a win in the British town. Currently leading the international ratings with an impressive 13600 points’ total after several big wins including an ASP WQS 6-Star Prime event in Australia at the beginnignof the year, Ross will kick-off proceedings in the first heat of the event Tuesday, August 4, 2009
From Europe’s best competitors to an international field of ASP WQS ratings’ front runners, the event will feature six days of intense action with much expected match-ups between the rising generation of progressive surfers and the experienced competitors, defending champion Wiggoly Dantas (BRA), 19, making his way back to Newquay for a shot at a second consecutive title.
Leading the European charge on this year’s ASP WQS, 19-year-old Joan Duru (Ondres, FRA) will surf his first event in Europe since the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime event in Scotland where he placed 3rd. The current regional ratings’ leader and international ratings’ No. 11 will be looking to better an 813-point result to increase his overall total and keep his ASP Dream Tour qualification hopes alive. Backed by a solid contingent of fellow European surfers having in mind to clinch the British event with longtime local top surfer Russell Winter (Newquay, GBR) answering the call, Duru will lead the pack towards a possible win that would give him a solid start to the ASP WQS European leg.
Defending champion Wiggoly Dantas, who has had one of the most impressive progressions amongst the ASP WQS surfers since his maiden win at Newquay in 2008, will land enter the event ranked No. 34 and looking to use his confidence and knowledge of the famous beach break to find his way through to the finals of the coveted event.
With a first start scheduled on Day 1 of competition by contest director Dave Reed, the show will heat up fast as all event top seeds will start straight away in the Relentless Boadrmasters in association with Vans to try and take the pressure off with a good kick-off.