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Damien Hobgood wins Telstra Drug Aware Pro PRIME

Damien Hobgood © ASP/Woolacot  |  Slideshow


Drug Aware Pro
Presented by Telstra

ASP Prime Mens Event
ASP 6-Star Womens Event
Surfers Point- Margaret River West Oz
3 - 10 April 2011

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Damien Hobgood defeats Yadin Nicholl to win the Telstra Drug Aware Pro   |  Slideshow  |  Finals Videos

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 April, 2011 : - -  Margaret River, Western Australia - Floridian surfer and former world number 4, Damien Hobgood (Fl, USA) has claimed his fifth ASP World Tour event victory by taking out the Prime-rated Telstra Drug Aware Pro ahead of local, Yadin Nicol (WA, AUS), at Margaret River in West Australia today.

"I've been coming to Margaret River since I was 13-years-old. It's right up there with home and the North Shore for my favourite places" said Hobgood on the podium. "Thank you to the West Australian government, it's so awesome that you get behind surfing like this, Back home surfing is so small.

"It wasn't really much of a final - I'm sure Yadin is bummed, it would have been great to battle it out- I saw that it was getting smaller and just wanted to go out and get some scores under my belt - I stuck to my game plan and it worked." Hobgood earned US$40,000 and 6,500 valuable ratings points for his win and moved him to 10th position on the ASP World Rankings.

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Damien Hobgood © ASP/Woolacot  |  Slideshow

Following a hectic week that saw the swell size peak at five-metres, the greatest challenge for competitors on the final day was to find any rides at all. And in the 30-minute decider, Hobgood got the jump on the local crowd favourite by clinching two early scoring waves.

Nicol, surfing his maiden final, was forced to play catch-up but with Mother Nature calling the shots, was never in the hunt. "What can you do? If the waves don't come to you, you can't be too bummed. - Damo got busy at the start and then it pretty much over from there. "I was looking at the waves he was going for thinking, are they even waves? So I waited and nothing bigger came."

Hobgood ran away with the win, finishing on a two-wave combined total of 12.83 points to Nicol’s low 6.94 points. Nicol’s runner-up finish is a career-best result for the 26 year-old, and he has rocketed up 30 places on the ASP world ratings ladder, and now sits just outside the all-important mid year top-32 cut-off.

Finals Videos

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Finishing in equal third today was William Cardoso (BRA) of Brazil and Granger Larsen (HAW) of Hawaii. Cardoso’s final hopes were dashed in the early moments of his semi when he suffered an interference penalty versus Nicol. With one of his two scoring waves halved, Cardoso was never a threat to the Australian and was forced to settle for equal 3rd place.

Surfing legend and ten-times ASP World Champion, Kelly Slater (Fl, USA) made his first competitive appearance at Margaret River in 18 years, but was bundled out yesterday in equal 13th place by New Zealand rookie Billy Stairmand (Raglan, NZ)

The next event on the second tier ASP Men’s Prime event calendar is the Nike Lowers Pro, to be held at Trestles in California beginning May 3rd.

While the sport’s biggest names will compete at event #2 on the World Championship Tour, The Rip Curl Pro, which begins at Bells Beach, Victoria in just over a weeks time (April 19-30).

Check the Results/Photos/Videos   |   Final Heat Draw (xls)  |  Finals Videos




World Rankings after Margaret River

1 Slater,Kelly  USA 69000
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF 50750
3 Fanning,Mick  AUS 39398
4 Reynolds,Dane  USA 37557
5 Wright,Owen  AUS 37250
6 Burrow,Taj  AUS 36927
7 Buchan,Adrian  AUS 36492
8 Flores,Jeremy  FRA 34769
9 Bourez,Michel PYF 32650
10 Hobgood,Damien  USA 32057
11 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 31183
12 De Souza,Adriano BRA 29463
13 Simpson,Brett  USA 29000
14 Andre,Jadson BRA 28919
15 Davidson,Chris  AUS 27875
16 Hobgood,C.J. USA 26792
17 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS 26200
18 Perrow,Kieren  AUS 25995
19 Knox,Taylor  USA 24842
20 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 24148
21 Melling,Adam  AUS 24099
22 Alves,Heitor  BRA 24025
23 Pires,Tiago  PRT 23558
24 Payne,Dusty  HAW 21500
25 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 21460
26 Wilson,Julian  AUS 21399
27 Parkinson,Joel  AUS 20507
28 Logie,Travis ZAF 19299
29 Larsen,Granger  HAW 18038
30 Ross,Daniel  AUS 17655
31 Kling,Gabe  USA 17007
32 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW 17003
33 Cardoso,Willian  BRA 16636
34 Whitaker,Tom AUS 15350
35 Lopez,Cory  USA 15087
36 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA 14869
37 Nicol,Yadin AUS 14605
38 Aranburu,Aritz  EUK 14322
39 Atkinson,Dion  AUS 14135
40 Kerr,Josh  AUS 14078
41 Pupo,Miguel  BRA 13329
42 Gudauskas,Tanner USA 12925
43 Medina,Gabriel  BRA 12849
44 Dunn,Ben  AUS 12776
45 Curran,Nathaniel  USA 12698
46 Young,Nat  USA 12566
47 Lacomare,Marc FRA 12475
48 Stairmand,Billy  NZL 12461
49 Muscroft,Nic  AUS 12173
50 Hall,Glenn  IRL 11929
51 Boal,Tim FRA 11763
52 Dantas,Wiggolly  BRA 11533
53 Munro,Luke  AUS 11201
54 Florence,John John HAW 11083
55 Powers,Roy  HAW 11040
56 Yeomans,Nathan USA 10654
57 Cansdell,Shaun  AUS 10642
58 Christie,Richard  NZL 10532
59 Zubizarreta,Gony ESP 10462
60 Ohno,Masatoshi  JPN 10319
61 Gonzalez,Jonathan CNY 10077
62 Duru,Joan FRA 9989
63 Bettero,Hizunome  BRA 9860

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