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Gabe Kling ousts Davidson to win the 6.0 Lowers Pro
Chris Davidson & Gabe Kling : photo Hilleman




Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro
Oakley Pro Junior
 

ASP 6-Star Prime Mens WQS event
ASP Grade 2 Mens Pro Junior event
Lower Trestles, San Clemente
4 - 8 May 2010

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Andrew Doheny takes the Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 May, 2010 : - - San Clemente -- Gabe Kling (St. Augustine, FL), 29, won the ASP PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro over ASP Dream Tour No. 13 Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, in two-to-four foot surf at the famed cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles after the world's finest surfers pushed the performance barriers of competitive surfing throughout the entire week of competition while reveling in the firing south swell.

Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA), 17, clinched the biggest win of his career by winning the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior.

The shift to the ASP One World Rating attracted more than 30 ASP Dream Tour competitors and the globe's hottest up-and-coming surfers to Lower Trestles while the ASP Pro Junior competitors flocked to the Oakley Pro Junior to gather points towards their regional ratings in an attempt to qualify for the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour, the first stop of which is the Oakley ASP World Junior Tour event running at the high-performance wave of Keramas in Bali, October 2-13, 2010.

Kling quietly navigated his way through the early rounds of competition before gaining momentum in the final day of action. The Floridian talent unleashed a furious backhand attack on the Lowers lefthanders and combined his heats with a repertoire of powerful carves and rail gouges on his forehand to eliminate current ASP Dream Tour No. 2 Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, in their Quarterfinals bout, and former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (Hanalei, HI), 31, in the Semifinals before taking out the 6.0 Lowers Pro title over Davidson.

 


Gabe Kling : photo Hilleman

 

"There were no easy heats out there and I felt like I just kept squeaking through," Kling said. "I didn't even win a heat until it went to man-on-man. I kind of peaked at the right time and had a lot of luck on my side. This is the biggest win of my career."

The Floridian regular-footer's 6.0 Lowers Pro win will help to catapult Kling to the higher rung of the ASP One World Ratings, substantially helping his chances of qualification for next year's ASP Dream Tour. 'This gives me so much confidence with 35 of the 45 guys from the tour here,' Kling said. "It's huge for me, this is definitely the biggest win of my career. This is Lowers with the best guys, and this win is just huge."

The ASP PRIME victory was especially sweet for Kling, as today's win comes after a full rehabilitation from a severe knee injury sustained in the beginning of the 2009 season which sidelined the standout competitor for eight of the 10 events on the 2009 ASP World Tour.

"Last year's injury adds to this win," Kling said. "I was out for eight months and sitting on the couch and watching everyone surf when it was my year on tour, it was a pretty disappointing year for me. The injury makes this win that much sweeter."

 


Chris Davidson : photo Hilleman



"I'm not disappointed with my performance, but I'm a little disappointed with the way that I played out the Final," Davidson said. "I shouldn't have let him have that one left and I shouldn't have gone on that little right and then he got that bomb. I was just out of rhythm and didn't really play a smart final, but all compliments to Gabe. He surfed really well on the waves that he got. I knew it was going to be tough and I'm stoked to make the Final."

The wily Australian has kicked off his 2010 ASP Dream Tour campaign in strong form and feels that his final appearance at this year's 6.0 Lowers Pro is only going to add to his momentum after such inspirational surfing displayed by his fellow competitors throughout the week.

"I've been feeling really good this year," Davidson said. "I've got a couple of ninths and just to come to America, there is so much talent here. It's good to come here and make the Final against all of these guys after everyone was ripping so hard all week. I'm just trying to take the good out of it and I'm psyched to move on."

Andy Irons (Hanalei, HI), 31, who is a former three-time ASP World Champion, dispensed amazing performances heat-after-heat, but stumbled in the Semifinals against Kling after breaking his board in the early minutes of their bout and was unable to recover throughout their heat. Irons finished equal 3rd overall.

 


Adriano de Souza : photo Hilleman



"I knew it was going to be a good heat," Irons said. "Gabe (Kling) has been having a good contest, he took Jordy (Smith) out in the last round and I knew he wasn't going to be a slouch. As soon as my board broke, it just kind of broke my whole deal. That's my board that has gotten me back into a good rhythm and when it broke, I kind of felt like my dreams got crushed right there and it was kind of hard to pick myself back up."

Irons, who is currently competing as a full-time competitor on the ASP Dream Tour after a one-year sabbatical, looked at his impressive finish at Lowers as a step in the right direction to help build his momentum as the ASP World Title Race season progresses.

"I haven't made more than three heats in about two years, so to make the Semifinals, that's a great result for me," Irons said. "Although I would have liked to be in the Final, I'm going to walk away from the beach psyched and it's a great result before going into J-Bay."

Doheny clinched the Oakley Pro Junior, his first ASP Pro Junior victory, over a stacked final field including reigning ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 18, Dylan Goodale (Kauai, HI), 19, and Tyler Newton (Kauai, HI), 19, with an impressive 17.10 out of 20 heat total. The impressive win came after moving through an elite early round field including current ASP Dream Tour surfer Jadson Andre (BRA), 20, and reigning ASP World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 19.

 


Andy Irons : photo Hilleman



"I don't even know what to say, this doesn't feel real," Doheny said. "I hope it's not a dream. This was the hardest draw because there were so many good international guys competing. It's been an awesome event and it's been inspiring to see all of the top pros like Andy (Irons) surfing."

The victory catapults the young Newport Beach native to second overall on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, increasing his chances towards qualification for this year's ASP World Junior Tour. "Hopefully this puts me in good position for the rest of the year," Doheny said. "I really want to qualify for the World Junior Tour, so hopefully it's on. I'm going to try my best."

For additional information, photos and video highlights, log on to nike6lowerspro.com. For more about the Oakley Pro Junior, visit oakleyprojunior.com.

The 6.0 Lowers Pro and Oakley Pro Junior wouldn't be possible without the generous support of sponsors. A special thank you goes out to title sponsor Nike 6.0 and junior title sponsor Oakley, co-sponsors Red Bull and Corralejo Tequila, and media sponsors Surfer (surfermag.com), Surfing (surfingmagazine.com) and FUEL TV.

 


Jordy Smith : photo Hilleman



6.0 Lowers Pro Final Results:
1- Gabe Kling (USA) 16.50
2- Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.77

6.0 Lowers Pro Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.93 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.53
Heat 2: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.86 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 12.64

6.0 Lowers Pro Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.27 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.44
Heat 2: Chris Davidson (USA) 14.93 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.40
Heat 3: Andy Irons (HAW) 18.57 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.93
Heat 4: Gabe Kling (USA) 16.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.77

6.0 Lowers Pro Round of 16 Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.77 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.33
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) 14.43 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 12.00
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.06 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.50
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.90 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.17
Heat 5: Andy Irons (HAW) 13.33 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 12.60
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.94 def. John John Florence (HAW) 8.40
Heat 7: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.90 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 10.60
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.67 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.10

Check the Full Results

 


Adrian Buchan : photo Hilleman



Oakley Pro Junior Final Results:
1- Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.10
2- Nat Young (USA) 15.40
3- Dylan Goodale (HAW) 14.17
4- Tyler Newton (HAW) 13.60

Oakley Pro Junior Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 17.33, Tyler Newton (HAW) 12.33, Evan Thompson (USA) 10.44, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.34
Heat 2: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 16.46, Andrew Doheny (USA) 14.84, Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.83, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 8.53

ASP One World Rankings After the 6.0 Lowers Pro

1 Burrow,Taj AUS
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF
3 Slater,Kelly USA
4 Andre,Jadson BRA
5 Hobgood,C.J. USA
6 De Souza,Adriano BRA
7 Fanning,Mick AUS
8 Durbidge,Bede AUS
9 Reynolds,Dane USA
10 Davidson,Chris AUS
11 Martinez,Bobby USA
12 Buchan,Adrian AUS
13 Parkinson,Joel AUS
14 Wright,Owen AUS
15 Patacchia,Fredrick (jnr) HAW
16 Knox,Taylor USA
17 Hobgood,Damien USA
18 Bourez,Michel PYF
19 Powers,Roy HAW
20 Irons,Andy HAW
21 Monteiro,Raoni BRA
22 Ross,Daniel AUS
23 Kerr,Josh AUS
24 Alves,Heitor BRA
25 Pires,Tiago PRT
26 Flores,Jeremy FRA
27 Dantas,Wiggolly BRA
28 Otton,Kai AUS
29 Muniz,Alejo BRA
30 Kling,Gabe USA
31 Simpson,Brett USA
32 Padaratz,Neco BRA
33 Duru,Joan FRA
34 Munro,Luke AUS
35 Kennedy,Stuart AUS
36 Whitaker,Tom AUS
37 Lopez,Cory USA
38 Payne,Dusty HAW
39 Wilkinson,Matt AUS
40 Gudauskas,Patrick USA
41 Bryson,Royden ZAF
42 Bacalso,Kekoa HAW
43 Courtney,Drew AUS
44 Logie,Travis ZAF
45 Stedman,Luke AUS
46 Dunn,Ben AUS
47 Perrow,Kieren AUS
48 Zietz,Sebastien HAW
49 Nicol,Yadin AUS
50 Thornton,Blake AUS
51 Gudauskas,Tanner USA
52 Cardoso,Willian BRA
53 Muscroft,Nic AUS
54 Hall,Glenn IRL
55 Atkinson,Dion AUS
56 Florence,John John HAW
57 Garcia,Sunny HAW
58 Giorgi,Marco URY
59 Morrison,Dean AUS
60 Medina,Gabriel BRA
61 Aranburu,Aritz EUK
62 Neve,Dayyan AUS
63 Yeomans,Nate USA
64 Bettero,Hizunome BRA
65 Cansdell,Shaun AUS
66 Ware,Austin USA
67 Sodre,Yuri BRA
68 Riou,Alain PYF
69 Neves,Leonardo BRA
70 Picon,Michael FRA
71 Ward,Chris USA
72 Collazo,Hodei EUK
73 Robertson,Adam AUS
74 Curran,Nathaniel USA
75 Toth,Brian PRI
76 Larsen,Granger HAW
77 Taylor,Lincoln AUS
78 Gonzalez,Jonathan CNY
79 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF
80 Graves,Dylan PRI
81 Campbell,Mick AUS
81 Jackson,Brandon ZAF
83 Thompson,Jay AUS
84 Hedge,Nathan AUS
85 Dornelles,Rodrigo BRA
86 Polo,Marco BRA
87 Cloitre,Romain FRA
88 Acero,Eneko EUK
89 Fernandes,Gustavo BRA
90 Meister,Torrey HAW
91 Reyes,Tim USA
92 Centeio,Joel HAW
93 Felix,Messias BRA
94 Farney,Marcio BRA
95 Young,Nat USA
96 Jhones,Alan BRA
97 Melling,Adam AUS
98 Ettinger,Brad USA
99 Miranda,Bernardo BRA
100 Walsh,Anthony AUS

Check the Full Ratings

The 6.0 Lowers Pro and Oakley Pro Junior wouldn't be possible without the generous support of sponsors. A special thank you goes out to title sponsor Nike 6.0 and junior title sponsor Oakley, co-sponsors Red Bull and Corralejo Tequila, and media sponsors Surfer (surfermag.com), Surfing (surfingmagazine.com) and FUEL TV.

Previous reports:
# 1 : 
Geiselman leads into semi-finals of Oakley Pro Junior   
# 2 : De Souza ousts Patacchia in Round 2 of Lowers Pro

# 3 : Peaking swell tips action at ASP Prime 6.0 Lowers Pro
   
# 4 : Gabe Kling ousts Davidson to win the 6.0 Lowers Pro 

 
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