Cory Lopez current ASP World No. 38 back in Jeffreys Bay
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 July, 2011 : - - Jeffreys Bay -- Cory Lopez (USA), 34, current ASP World No. 38, has gained entry into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Stop No. 4 of 11 on the ASP World Title season, with the withdrawal of Dane Reynolds (USA), 25. While Reynolds has yet to provide a reason for his withdrawal from the event, Lopez who traveled from nearby Durban where he was in town for the Mr Price Pro, stands to benefit largely from this opportunity to increase his ASP World Rating as we approach the September rotation.
ASP tracked down the progressive goofy-footer as he arrived on Pepper Street to see what his state of mind is approaching the commencement of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. This is his story
You found out this morning that youve been seeded into the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay your first impressions?
I havent been to J-Bay in probably three or four years so its nice to be back and Im really hoping the swell will come in. I love this wave. Its a lot of fun, but we obviously need some swell. So hopefully it shows up and we can have a good event.
What are the challenges to being a goofy-footer out at Jeffreys Bay?
When the waves are small at J-Bay, its really difficult to surf backside. It becomes a challenge to fit your turns in the pocket as it breaks so fast down the line. It really then benefits guys on their forehand when its smaller. You really need a proper swell to set up a good backside bottom turn. So Im hoping it gets big as its a lot more fun for us goofies and a lot more fun for me.
With a good result here, you could feasibly be within the Top 32 on the ASP World Rankings for the September cutoff your thoughts?
Im definitely looking for a big result. If I can make two heats here, it will help my position on the World Ranking. Ill probably be borderline after that, and three heats, Id probably be pretty sweet. So Id love to get a result here, and it just comes down to catching a few good waves in my heat, so Im focusing on that first.
What kind of boards are you packing for the event?
Ive got the same quiver Ive had for the last couple of months. Ive got around six boards with me same boards I brought to Portugal and in Ballito. Ive got a few Whiplash models with a bit more rocker so if its small, I can fit turns into the transition a lot better.
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