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Chris Davidson trumps Travis Logie to win Mr. Price Pro


Travis Logie and Chris Davidson : photo Debiky/Mr Price

Mr. Price Pro

ASP 6 Star WQS Men's Event #19
ASP 5 Star WQS Womens Event #7
North Beach Durban South Africa
29 June - 26 July 2008

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Chris Davidson Trumps Tavis Logie to Win Mr. Price Pro

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 July, 2008 : - -  Durban -- Australian surfer Chris Davidson (AUS) crushed South Africa’s hopes of a second ever South African winner at the Mr. Price Pro, defeating ASP World No. 41 Travis Logie (Durban) before a patriotic crowd on New Pier beach in Durban today.

Competing in crumbling one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) onshore surf, arguably more suited to the Australian’s natural-footed stance, Davidson’s powerful front-side surfing saw him out-position his local rival to win the heat with a 16.10 heat total to Logie’s 12.90, jumping to 7th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

“I’m stoked I made the final and beat the local boy,” Davidson said. “It was tough for Travis surfing little right-handers on his backside (right foot forward stance) so it definitely favoured me. I’ve got tens here in the past, but I was the underdog out there today, so it felt good to come home with the win.”

A former competitor on the prestigious ASP World Tour, Davidson drew first blood opening with a respectable 6.67 (out of a possible 10) ride and followed up with a near perfect 9.43 putting his South African rival in a combination situation.


Jordy Smith : photo Debiky/Mr Price


At the five minute mark, so confident of his win was Davidson that he began surfing with his board upside down and exited the water with three minutes still remaining on the clock. “That was just a bit of fun and no disrespect to Travis,” Davidson said. “He’s an incredible competitor but I knew I had the heat won.” The Australian took home 2500 ratings points towards his 2009 qualification campaign for the ASP World Tour.

Despite finishing as the highest placed South African in the event, Logie was visibly disappointed that first place had eluded him for the second time in his career, after reaching the final here in 2000. “I’ve always wanted to win this event because I grew up surfing here and I live five minutes up the road,” Logie said. “The final was very tough and Chris definitely got the two best waves, I just couldn’t get the right ones today.”

One of just three South African surfers to advance into the final day of competition today, Logie disposed of fellow countryman Greg Emslie (East London) in the Round of 16 before dismissing ASP World No. 19 Jordy Smith (Durban) in the Quarterfinals, eventually defeating Patrick Gudauskas (USA) in the Semifinals.

“I was stoked with second, it’s better than third and I will be back again next year, though, trying to win it,” Logie said.  While the runner-up finish will have no impact on Logie’s ASP World Tour ratings points, Greg Emslie’s 9th has seen him jump to No. 19 on the ASP WQS ratings while David Weare (Durban) who was eliminated on Saturday with an equal 25th, has jumped to an incredible No. 2 on the ASP WQS ratings.


Jeremy Flores : photo Debiky/Mr Price


Finishing equal third at the Mr. Price Pro today were Patrick Gudauskas (USA) and 2003 Mr. Price Pro Champion Neco Padaratz (Bra) who were defeated by Logie and Davidson respectively. Gudauskas’ result saw him jump back into the lead on the ASP WQS ratings ahead of Weare, while the ratings leader coming into the event, Hizunome Bettero (BRA), has ped down to third.

“I’ve never done well in Durban so to get a third today is a great result for me,” Gudauskas said. “I’m really excited to be back at No. 1, it’s a very long season so I just want to continue bettering my results.” 


Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.10; Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.90

Mens Semifinals:
Heat 1: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.10; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.64
Heat 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.33; Neco Padaratz (BRA) 8.23 

Mens Quarterfinals:
Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA 14.34; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.76
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 15.16; Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.60                   
Heat 3:  Neco Padaratz (BRA) 15.17; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 10.50                  
Heat 4:  Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.83; Drew Courtney (AUS) 4.16 

Mens Round of 16:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.16; Corey Ziems (AUS) 9.83
Heat 2: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.27; Pedro Henrique (BRA) 16.00
Heat 3: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.24; Greg Emslie (ZAF) 12.60
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.17; Odirlei Coutinho (BRA) 11.00
Heat 5: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 11.50; Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Heat 6: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 16.00; Abdel El Harim (MAR) 8.53
Heat 7: Chris Davidson (AUS) 18.10; Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.10
Heat 8: Drew Courtney (AUS) 12.77; Kirk Flintoff (AUS) 10.33

Check the Full Results


Chris Davidson : photo Debiky/Mr Price


WQS ratings after event #19 The Mr Price Pro

Gudauskas,Patrick USA 1
Weare,David ZAF 2
Bettero,Hizunome BRA 3
Curran,Nathaniel USA 4
Monteiro,Raoni BRA 5
Courtney,Drew AUS 6
Davidson,Chris AUS 7
Garcia,Sunny HAW 8
Yeomans,Nathan USA 9
Ware,Austin USA 10
Henrique,Pedro BRA 11
Paulino,Pablo BRA 12
Bacalso,Kekoa HAW 13
Melling,Adam AUS 14
Simpson,Brett USA 15
Cansdell,Shaun AUS 16
Gossmann,Shaun AUS 17
Robertson,Adam (Vic) AUS 18
Emslie,Greg ZAF 19
Khodr,Jihad BRA 20
Flintoff,Kirk AUS 21
Romao,Simao BRA 22
Muscroft,Nic AUS 23
Bombaci,Rhys AUS 24
Nicol,Yadin AUS 25
Hedge,Nathan AUS 26
Sodre,Yuri BRA 27
Bourez,Michel PYF 28
Barca,Dustin HAW 29
Wilkinson,Matt AUS 30
Wright,Warwick ZAF 31
Coutinho,Odirlei BRA 32
Dornelles,Rodrigo BRA 32
Thompson,Jay AUS 34
Kerr,Josh AUS 35
Sedley,Leigh AUS 36
Barron,T.J HAW 37
Miranda,Bernardo BRA 38
Zubizarreta,Gony ESP 39
Boal,Tim FRA 40
Silva,Jean da BRA 41
Ward,Shaun USA 41
Souza,Adriano de BRA 43
Atkinson,Dion AUS 44
Cuizon,Dustin HAW 45
Pires,Tiago PRT 46
Lipke,Marlon DEU 47
Silva,Andre BRA 48
Ziems,Corey AUS 49
Gudauskas,Dane USA 50
Galvao,Renato BRA 51
Savalli,Hugo REU 52
Centeio,Joel HAW 53
Bastos,Leandro BRA 54
Riou,Alain PYF 55
Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 56
Hall,Glenn IRE 57
Wilson,Blake AUS 58
Rothman,Makuakai HAW 59
Beven,Patrick FRA 60
Gonzalez,Jonathan CNY 61
Losness,Mike USA 62
Howse,Jarrad AUS 63
Laulhe,Romain FRA 64
Gudauskas,Tanner USA 65
Collazo,Hodei ESP 66
Spencer,Sterling USA 67
Toth,Brian PRI 68
Bortoletto,Antonio ZAF 69
Neves,Leonardo BRA 70
Kling,Gabe USA 71
El Harim,Abdel MAR 72
Andre,Jadson BRA 73
Gillette,Gavin HAW 74
MacDonald,Phillip AUS 74
Coleborn,Mitchel AUS 76
Duru,Joan FRA 76
O'Rafferty,Darren AUS 78
Palmboom,Rudy (jnr) ZAF 79
Thornton,Blake AUS 80
Fisher,Paul AUS 81
Cabrera,Jose Maria CNY 82
Estienne,Jean Sebastien BLM 83
Pilurzu,Federico CRI 84
Sullivan,Kevin HAW 85
Rebiere,Eric FRA 86
Santos,Robson BRA

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