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Glenn Hall ousts Curran, claims Mr Price Pro Ballito

Glenn Hall © Cestari / Mr Price


Mr Price Pro Ballito

ASP Men's Prime event
Ballito, South Africa
2 - 8 July 2012

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Hall claims Mr Price Pro victory as 'Biggest Win of My Career' 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 July, 2012 : - - Ballito, KwaDukuza, South Africa -- Australian born, Irish surfer Glenn Hall, 30, secured the biggest win of his career taking out the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito defeating Nathaniel Curran, 27, (USA) in the Final at Willards Beach, in South Africa on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

The final day of competition culminated with the best swell of the waiting period as solid 1.5 metre, offshore conditions provided the idyllic arena for an action-packed day of world-class surfing.

Glenn Hall held his composure throughout the 35- minute Final, opening with an excellent 8.33 (out of ten) waiting until the final minute to regain his priority, earning more than the required score to snatch the win from Curran with his 6.67 back-up ride, winning the heat by 15.00 to 13.67 (both out of 20.00).



Glenn Hall © Cestari / Mr Price


“It’s the biggest win of my career by far, I kinda felt like if you got the wave out there you could get the score and I was just praying for a wave at the end,” Hall said. “Nathaniel is an amazing surfer and I was pumped to have a Final against him. It was always going to be a tough heat but I’ve learnt never to be content with second and to always push for more until you’ve won.”

Hall’s victory comes off the back of a stellar competition season winning a 4 Star in China followed by a runner-up finish at the ASP Prime Lowers Pro at Trestles, California, his consistency rocketing him from 27th to 16th on the World Rankings.

“It’s still a long road ahead and I’m just going to keep trying and see where I end up,” Hall explained. “I’m not doing JBay (6 Star) and I’m proud of my choice. I came here and put all eggs into one basket because if you are here to qualify its about the Primes. That’s my focus so I’m taking it to the next event in America.”



Nathaniel Curran © Cestari / Mr Price


Nathaniel Curran proved a standout throughout the week revealing the depth of his surfing repertoire with a combination of airs, barrels and carves but suffered a disappointing defeat in the Final losing priority and ultimately gifting the Australian the win.

“It still feels great to get a result,” Curran said. “I’ve been struggling for a year and a half so I’m stoked to make the Final. It was an awesome contest, I’ve been coming here since I was 18 and the waves are always insane. I love coming here and I can’t wait for next year.”

Taking down some big names including South African hopeful Travis Logie (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals, followed by ASP Word No. 4 Adriano De Souza (BRA) in the Semifinals, Curran’s runner-up finish sees him jump from 96th to 42nd on the World Rankings.



Adriano De Souza © Cestari / Mr Price


Adriano De Souza showed exactly why he is the World No. 4, posting convincing heat wins all week as well as the highest individual wave score of the event a 9.50 against Brian Toth (PIR) in the Quarterfinals. De Souza finished equal third falling just short of the mark against Curran in the Semis.

“I’m disappointed not to be in the Final but it’s still a good result,” De Souza said. “I came here without any pressure and Nathaniel was surfing better than me so he deserves to be in the Final. I’ll be here watching the best two guys in the event battle it out in the Final and may the best man win.”

Nat Young (USA) posted his best result of the year placing equal third, reaching the Semifinals where he was narrowly defeated by Hall with 14.50 to 14.67. Young proved on-point throughout the week, taking down top names including former Mr Price Pro Champion World No. 8 Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals.



Nat Young © Cestari / Mr Price


South African’s Jordy Smith and Travis Logie placed equal fifth, the pair reaching the Quarterfinals where they were eliminated, Logie by Curran and Smith by Young.  Brian Toth (PRI) and Jack Freestone (AUS) joined the South African duo with equal fifth place results, Toth defeated by De Souza while Freestone fell to fellow Australian Hall.

The 13th edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito proved a resounding success with record crowds and world –class surfing from 96 of the world’s finest surfers.



Jordy Smith © Cestari / Mr Price


1 - Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.00
2 - Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.67

Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.10 def Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.00
Heat 2: Glenn Hall (IR) 14.67 def Nat Young (USA) 14.50

Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.60 def Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.83
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.33 def Brian Toth (PRT) 5.73
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.00 def Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 4: Glenn Hall (IR) 10.44 def Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.90

ASP Rankings After the Mr Price Pro Ballito Prime

1 Florence,John John HAW 31925
2 Fanning,Mick  AUS 24863
3 Slater,Kelly  USA 24500
4 Medina,Gabriel  BRA 23390
5 Burrow,Taj  AUS 23145
6 Kerr,Josh  AUS 23036
7 De Souza,Adriano BRA 22625
8 Parkinson,Joel  AUS 20870
9 Smith,Jordy ZAF 19940
10 Hobgood,C.J. USA 19450
11 Otton,Kai  AUS 18095
12 Buchan,Adrian  AUS 17805
13 Wright,Owen  AUS 16800
14 Wilson,Julian  AUS 15800
15 Flores,Jeremy  FRA 15570
16 Hall,Glenn  IRL 15480
17 Pupo,Miguel  BRA 15050
18 Andino,Kolohe  USA 12261
19 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS 12202
20 Alves,Heitor  BRA 12080
21 Young,Nat  USA 11890
22 Hobgood,Damien  USA 11750
23 Cardoso,Willian  BRA 11650
24 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 11250
25 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW 11234
26 Simpson,Brett  USA 11060
27 Pires,Tiago  PRT 10790
28 Toth,Brian  PRI 10625
29 Logie,Travis ZAF 10320
30 Yeomans,Nathan USA 10104
31 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 9980
32 Bourez,Michel PYF 9150
33 Eleogram,Olamana HAW 9094
34 Melling,Adam  AUS 9040
35 Ribeiro,Alex  BRA 8820
36 Da Silva,Jean BRA 8230
37 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA 8150
38 Dantas,Wiggolly  BRA 7869
39 Larsen,Granger  HAW 7866
40 Hermes,Tomas  BRA 7682
41 Zietz,Sebastien HAW 7606
42 Curran,Nathaniel  USA 7564
43 Kling,Gabe  USA 7156
44 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 7042
45 Occhilupo,Mark AUS 6815
46 Duru,Joan FRA 6650
47 Atkinson,Dion  AUS 6403
48 Gudauskas,Tanner  USA 6341
49 Bettero,Hizunome  BRA 6290
50 Toledo,Filipe BRA 6120

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