Greg Emslie : photo Nilton Santos / Waves Brazil
Two South African surfers secure their slots on 2006 WCT
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 October, 2005 : - - This comes after the final day of the six star Onbongo Pro Surfing WQS event, held in Florianópolis, Brazil. Greg Emslie (EL) blazed through to the semi finals where he was unlucky to be eliminated. He secured 1825 pts and US$3750 for his efforts. This result is Emslie's second best for 2005 and will see him move into the top 10 on the WQS, as well as the cherry on top - a guaranteed WCT slot for 2006.
The next best South African was David Weare (Dbn) who, despite having the highest scoring wave in his quarterfinal, was unable to catch a second good scoring ride. Weare earned himself 1525 pts and US$1850. ASP head Al Hunt has confirmed that this secures Weare's dream of qualifying for the 2006 ASP World Championship Tour.
Heitor Alves defeated fellow countryman Raoni Monteiro to claim the title in the all-Brazilian final, held in two to four foot onshore waves.
WCT contender Travis Logie was unlucky to bow out in the early rounds of the event, but other south African's who flew the flag included: Antonio Bortoletto (Dbn) - 17th, Daniel Redman (Dbn) - 25th and Ricky Basnett (Bluff)-37th.
Redman is lying 25th on the WQS ratings and still has an outside chance of WCT qualification if he can post good results at the remaining two WQS events. Logie is currently lying at 17th on the WQS, but stands a solid chance of re-qualifying through the WCT.
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