WRV Outer Banks Pro
World Surf League Men's QS1000 Event
Jennette's Pier, Nags Head, North Carolina
August 26 - 30, August 2015
Nolan defeats Brian Toth to claim his third Outer Banks win
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 August, 2015 - In a thrilling showcase of last-minute heat wins and excellent scores, Asher Nolan (USA) claimed the 2015 WRV Outer Banks Pro presented by Hurley and Pacifico today. Starting from Round 1 and not dropping a single heat en route to victory, Nolan’s backside attack was unwavering and could not be stopped. Taking down good friend and another surfer who was in-form the whole event, Brian Toth (PRI), Nolan thoroughly enjoyed the showdown.
“This is my third win at the Outer Banks and it’s just been amazing to me,” Nolan said. “The last five minutes was just non-stop sets on the horizon and I had that really good left. All my scores have been coming on my backside but when I saw that left start to open up I just went on it – haven’t really been getting the scores on my forehand so I was stoked to get the 7 on it. In the end I saw Brian get a wave but then I got one more that put the nail in the coffin right in front of him at the pier.”
Taking down the event on the same board Michael Dunphy (USA) had won the 2014 WRV OBX Pro on, Nolan rode it to victory once more. The Jacksonville Beach, FL local has been absent from the contest scene, helping as Hurley team manager and spending time with family, but has won both events he’s competed in this year.
“Every win always has that good feeling and this one especially feels great,” Nolan said. “I put everything I had left into that heat and events like these are intense both mentally and physically – you just feel drained and the reward is so amazing. I’m not in that mind set of competing every week, I love the long breaks and focusing on work outside of competing but it’s great to get a win.”
Making it to the Final was Toth’s goal here in Nags Head, NC and his surfing throughout the event reflected that mindset. Culminating in an exciting final few heats, the Puerto Rican’s road to the final was not an easy one as he came up against an inform Halley Batista (BRA) in the Semifinals and Ben Bourgeois (USA) in the Quarterfinals.
“It was an awesome event here but I really wanted to get a win back on Asher after he came down to Puerto Rico and took me out,” Toth said. “But it was great, we were out there laughing with each other even though we both wanted to win. We’re such good friends and I’m stoked that he won. I kind of blew it in the end with the priority and I think that was a big turning point.”
“The craziest heat was probably with Batista so it was great to get a win over him,” Toth added. “I’ve known him for years so that was nuts coming down to the end with him. We’ve had so many different conditions in this event and I think it came down to my preparation which really helped throughout the whole contest.”
Putting on an airshow for his fellow Brazilians and everyone in attendance, Batista won his Quarterfinal heat over Noah Schweizer (USA) in the dying seconds with a massive air worthy of a 7.27. However, a spot in the Final wasn’t to be for Batista as he and Toth went blow for blow in an incredible Semifinal, his final wave falling just short of the required 6.40.
“Today was such a great day,” Batista said. “The waves were working really well and to make a Semifinal is a great result for me. Just to get that air in the last minute and win the Quarterfinal was awesome. All the guys were cheering for me and helping me out, it was truly amazing to have that support from them and everyone on the beach was so nice after I came out of the water.”
Celebrating his little daughter’s 3rd birthday today, Batista wanted to give her a first place victory for a perfect present, but was thrilled with his time at Nags Head, NC throughout this contest – despite a malfunction in his equipment before the Semifinals.
“It’s been a really fun experience here over the last week competing at Jennette’s Pier,” Batista said. “I just wanted to start well in each heat and do my best. To feel connected to my board all week until I broke it in the Quarterfinal was something I’m really stoked on – even my back up board was good but I just needed a little more to make the Final.”
For the second year in a row Kilian Garland (USA) fell just short of a finals berth at the WRV Outer Banks Pro, dropping a close heat to Nolan in Semifinal #2. With one last opportunity as the final horn blew, Garland was up and riding in need of a 5.34 but just couldn’t connect – earning a 5.00. Enjoying his time against Nolan, Garland will go forward with some lessons learned and a handful of contests in his future.
“I just wanted to get in rhythm and get some good waves to post the scores I needed,” Garland said. “I got a couple waves but I never really read them well and kind of played my cards wrong. It’s all in good fun and it was great to surf against Asher. Right at the beginning we both got the same wave, he went left and I went right, so we paddled back and talked about our waves – they ended up being about the same score so that was really cool way to start it.”
“I just have to stay positive and look forward to some events where I can hopefully make some finals,” Garland added. “I’ll be heading back home to California for the Santa Cruz event and then over to Hawaii for Sunset, maybe try and do Brazil. It’ll be great to get home for a bit and enjoy some fun waves there.”
1. Asher Nolan (USA) 15.10 - $6,000.00
2. Brian Toth (PRI) 13.37 - $3,000.00
Heat 1: Brian Toth (PRI) 14.00, Halley Batista (BRA) 13.67
Heat 2: Asher Nolan (USA) 12.27, Kilian Garland (USA) 11.93
Heat 1: Brian Toth (PRI) 15.60, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 11.17
Heat 2: Halley Batista (BRA) 15.60, Noah Schweizer (USA) 15.33
Heat 3: Kilian Garland (USA) 15.13, Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 12.24
Heat 4: Asher Nolan (USA) 13.10, Evan Thompson (USA) 12.03