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Travis Logie remains on track for return to ASP World Tour as Joel Centeio wins Reef Hawaiian Pro

November 24th, 2009

Pictured: Haleiwa local Joel Centeio celebrates winning the Reef Hawaiian Pro at his home break and taking the early lead in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing standings Photo: ASP / CI/ Kirstin via Getty Images

Tuesday 24 November 2009 – South Africa’s Travis Logie remained on track for a return to the elite ASP World Tour in 2010 despite being eliminated in his first heat at the Reef Hawaiian Pro won by Haleiwa local Joel Centeio in double overhead waves in Hawaii yesterday.

Logie, 30, finished equal 33rd in the 6-Star Prime rated ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, collecting 1 181 precious ratings points which added just 56 points to his overall tally. That saw the Durbanite drop one spot to No. 11 in the rankings but maintained his position in the Top 15 on the leaderboard going into the final WQS event of the year.

Needing to advance through one round to virtually assure himself of re-qualification, Logie placed third in a wave starved opening encounter where he required a score of just 1.24 points to overtake Jay Thompson (AUS), who went on to finish third in the event and cement his place on next year’s Dream Tour.

Royden Bryson was the only other SA surfer to reach the last 64 at Haleiwa. The Capetonian won his Round of 96 clash but was eliminated in fourth place in the hit and miss surf on Saturday where occasional waves provided the opportunity to record excellent scores but the majority of the world’s best surfers posted two-wave heat tallies of less than 10 points out of a possible 20.

Brandon Jackson, the second highest ranked Saffa, slipped four places to No. 24 after his early exit from the event and goes into the final event on the 2009 WQS, the 6-Star Prime rated O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, needing to place ninth or higher to give himself a chance of finishing in the Top 15.

Centeio’s victory earned the 26 year-old Hawaiian US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and sees him take the early lead in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Triple Threat where the overall best surfer across the two WQS events and the season-ending ASP World Tour event – the Billabong Pipeline Pro – will pocket $50 000 and a $10 000 one-of-a-kind Nixon watch.

The 12-day waiting period for the O’Neill World Cup starts today but, with the biggest swell of the Hawaiian winter forecast to arrive within 24 hours, the event is only likely to get underway tomorrow. All the action from the event can be followed live at www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

Reef Hawaiian Pro – Haleiwa, Hawaii

1st – JOEL CENTEIO (Haleiwa, HI, USA), Heat score: 14.76 (9.33, 5.43) $20,000
2nd – CJ Hobgood (Florida, USA), Heat score: 13.74 (8.07, 5.67) $10,000
3rd – Jay Thompson (Australia), Heat score: 12.17 (7.0, 5.17) $5,100
4th – Alain Riou (French Polynesia), Heat score: 5.27 (4.5, 0.77) $4,900

Semis (1st and 2nd advance; 3rd & 4th eliminated)
S1: Joel Centeio (HAW), Jay Thompson (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Kai Otton (AUS)
S2: CJ Hobgood (FL), Alain Riou (PYF), Hank Gaskell (HI), Dion Atkinson (Aus)

Q1: Kai Otton (AUS), Jay Thompson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Q2: Joel Centeio (HAW), Damien Hobgood (USA), Roy Powers (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Q3: Hank Gaskell (HAW), Dion Atkinson (AUS), Torrey Meister (HAW), Adrian Buchan (USA)
Q4: Alain Riou (PYF), CJ Hobgood (AUS), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Nathan Yeomans (USA)

ASP WQS Ratings (After Reef Hawaiian Pro – Event No. 40 of 41)
1 Ross,Daniel AUS 14975
2 Gudauskas,Patrick USA 14876
3 Andre,Jadson BRA 14813
4 Wright,Owen AUS 14338
5 Melling,Adam AUS 14288
6 Thompson,Jay AUS 13638
7 Yeomans,Nathan USA 13419
8 Munro,Luke AUS 13263
9 Simpson,Brett USA 13150
10 Wilkinson,Matt AUS 12850

South Africans (Top 150)
11 Logie,Travis ZAF 12344
24 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 11431
34 Bryson,Royden ZAF 10213
69 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 7875
70 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 7854
76 Wright,Warwick ZAF 7550
82 Bortoletto,Antonio ZAF 7101
102 Redman,Daniel ZAF 6451
126 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 5551
140 Richards,David ZAF 5246

For more information on the ASP Africa members, including profiles and rankings, visit www.aspafrica.com


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