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Australia’s Daniel Ross crowned Drug Aware Pro Champ

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Drug Aware Pro

ASP 6-Star Prime WQS Mens Event
ASP 5-Star WQS Womens Event
Surfers Point- Margaret River West Oz
30 March - 5 April 2009

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Australia’s Daniel Ross wins the Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 April, 2009 : - - Margaret River Western Australia -- Australia’s Daniel Ross (AUS/NSW/Yamba) has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six star prime rated Drug Aware Pro defeating fellow North Coast NSW Australian surfer Adam Melling in clean 3 to 4 feet (1.25m) surf at Margaret River in Western Australia today.

It was Ross’s biggest career victory and could not have come at a better time for the powerfully built surfer who fell short of requalifying on the ASP World Dream Tour last season and also recently lost his major sponsorship deals!

“ I was so pumped to win this event and I can’t believe how good I feel right now” said an elated Ross after his win. “I’ve made the semi’s the last two years here and I knew coming here I was a really good chance to win, I’ve trained hard leading into this event and it has really paid off for me in a big way.”

“Without a major sponsor the cash that comes with winning ($US20 000) will make my year of competing that much easier and I wanted to prove to everyone out there right now that I am worth sponsoring and capable of big results!”

Ross surfed the ASP Dream Tour last year but failed to requalify. Today’s result has him exceptionally well placed for requalification this year. “That’s my aim for sure and now I’m winning I want to get on a roll and string together a lot more excellent results.”


Dan Ross : photo Mario Vassallo/Surfing Australia


With the lead see sawing in a high scoring quality final, Melling opened with an excellent 8.67 ride and looked to have control when he backed that ride up shortly after with a strong 6.07 ride. Ross opened with a 6.77 score, remained patient and found the finals best ride when he scored an outstanding 9.43 at the twenty minute stage of the 30 minute final.

Ross unleashed all his power on this ride combining two massive bottom to top turns sending fans of spray high off the wave and it was immediately clear to the large crowd on the hills of Margaret River that he had taken the lead with that ride.

While Melling searched for an achievable 7.54 to regain the lead, he fell on a few critical turns late in the final and was forced to settle for second on a score line for each surfers top two scoring rides of 16.20 (out of a possible 20) for Ross and 14.74 to Melling.

Melling’s second place today is the second time he has finished runner up in an ASP prime 6 star event. “It’s disappointing not to win but Rossy is a great guy and I’m really stoked for him today” said Melling.

“Having made the finals twice I now really want to win one of these events; my start to the season has been great but there’s still a lot of work ahead to qualify for next year’s Dream Tour – that’s my goal and I have to remain focused because the season has really just started.”

Despite being disappointed at not winning, Melling’s good early season form see’s him as the number one rated surfer on the ASP World Qualifying Series Ratings ahead of Brett Simpson (USA) , Dion Atkinson (AUS) with Ross in fourth place.

In what turned out to be a dominating day for the Australian surfers, with all Australian semi finalists, Luke Munro (AUS/Gold Coast) and Dion Atkinson (AUS/SA) placed equal 3rd both picking up valuable 2625 rating points along with $US2950.

Both Atkinson and Munro have firm goals to qualify for the ASP Dream Tour for next year. “I’m really happy with my start to the season, 5th last week in Tasmania and 3rd here is a great start to my season” said Atkinson. “That’s two ‘keepers’ already to the season in my aim to qualify and that is a lot better than most other surfers this early in the season so I’m feeling great”

For most of today’s finalists their next stop on the ASP World Qualifying Series will be South Africa in mid April for the Quiksilver Pro presented by Virgin Mobile in Durban, another six star prime event.

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Dan Ross
Adam Melling

Semi 1
Dan Ross
Luke Munro

Semi 2
Adam Melling
Dion Atkinson

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Current WQS ratings after the Drug Aware Pro

1 Melling,Adam AUS
2 Simpson,Brett USA
3 Atkinson,Dion AUS
4 Ross,Daniel AUS
5 Paulino,Pablo BRA
6 Polo,Marco BRA
7 Wright,Owen AUS
8 Zubizarreta,Gony ESP
9 Silva,Jean da BRA
10 Thompson,Jay AUS
11 Santos,Bruno BRA
12 Wright,Warwick ZAF
13 Moura,Paulo BRA
14 Neves,Leonardo BRA
15 Gudauskas,Patrick USA
15 Andre,Jadson BRA
17 Munro,Luke AUS
18 Selman,Manuel CHL
19 Goodrum,Darrell USA
20 Jackson,Brandon ZAF
21 Ettinger,Brad USA
22 Aranburu,Aritz EUK
23 Miranda,Bernardo BRA
24 Ware,Austin USA
25 Collazo,Hodei ESP
26 Payne,Dusty HAW
27 Thornton,Blake AUS
28 Smith,Jordy ZAF
29 Logie,Travis ZAF
30 Gudauskas,Dane USA
30 Sodre,Yuri BRA
32 Courtney,Drew AUS
33 Barron,T.J HAW
33 Ohno,Masatoshi JPN
35 Gonzalez,Jonathan CNY
35 Gudauskas,Tanner USA
37 Campbell,Luke AUS
37 Perry,Jack AUS
39 Silva,Andre BRA
40 Hedge,Nathan AUS
41 Sedley,Leigh AUS
42 Hobgood,Damien USA
43 Duru,Joan FRA
44 Hall,Glenn IRE
44 Joske,Heath AUS
46 Toth,Brian PRI
47 Flintoff,Kirk AUS
48 Dantas,Wiggolly BRA
49 Guedes,Joao PRT
50 Howse,Jarrad AUS

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Previous reports:
# 1 :
Drug Aware Pro ambitious to be the #1 event on WQS..
# 2 :
West Aussies hold their own at Drug Aware Pro day one
# 3 : High seeds tumble during Day 2 of the Drug Aware Pro

# 4 : Drug Aware Pro sees Margaret River serve up solid surf 
# 5 : Occy sports rashie for the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River 
# 6 : Big surf at Drug Aware Pro snaps leashes, boards, egos 
# 7 : Melanie Redman-Carr wins her 4th Drug Aware Pro event


Event Brief: Drug Aware Pro Margaret River is the biggest ASP World Qualifying Series Six Star Prime Rated event in the world. Prize money totaling $US145 000 and essential prime rated points on the ASP World Qualifying Series ensures an outstanding field of the worlds best surfers. A field of 250 International surfers from regions which include Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, USA, Peru, Brazil, South Africa, France, Spain, England, Portugal, Reunion Island, Canary Islands, Japan and Israel.

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