Unlucky 13 for Robb and Fahrenfort at Drug Aware Pro in Australia
|Sunday 1 April 2007|
Drug Aware Pro Margaret River presented by O'Neill Australia
6 Star Prime, US $125 000, ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) menís event
6 Star, US $30 000, ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) womenís event
Margaret River, Western Australia
March 26-April 1, 2007
UNLUCKY 13 FOR ROBB AND FAHRENFORT AT DRUG AWARE PRO IN AUSTRALIA
South Africans Nikita Robb and Damien Fahrenfort enhanced their reputations as professional surfers at the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River presented by OíNeill on the weekend when they placed equal 13th in the respective six star womenís and menís events in Western Australia.
Fahrenfort, who hails from Kommetjie but now resides in Durban when not campaigning on the world circuit, did well to advance from the first to the fifth round of the R900 000 tournament. The 20 year-old reached the last 24 in the event before being eliminated when he placed third behind Dane Reynolds and fellow American Damien Hobgood.
Rated #146 on the WQS at the end of 2006, Fahrenfort pocketed R13 000 and earned 1 388 ratings points which rocketed him from 77th to 42nd on the latest WQS rankings list.
The menís event was won by former Fosterís ASP world tour member Kieren Perrow (Aus) who defeated Tiago Pires (Portugal) in a one sided final held in sizeable two to 3 metre (6-10 foot). It was a welcome first WQS victory for Perrow who has is keen to re-qualify for the top-level tour where he spent three years before deciding to start a family in 2005.
DANE REYNOLDS (USA) AT THE DRUG AWARE PRO WHERE HE POSTED THE 3 HIGHEST HEAT TOTALS, 2 HIGHEST SCORING RIDES AND PLACED EQUAL THIRD PHOTO: ROBERTSON/ASP
The losing semi-finalists, finishing equal third, were former Margaret River finalist Daniel Ross (Aus) and Reynolds who is better know for his phenomenal free-surfing exploits but proved here that he has the competitive savvy to join the top 45 on the World Tour by recording the two highest scoring rides and the top three heat tallies in the event
Robb, in her rookie year on the womenís WQS after matriculating last year, was the only SA girl to reach the third round. Up against a trio of vastly experienced campaigners, the 18 year-old East Londoner struggled to find any waves of consequence and placed fourth in the heat.
Nevertheless, her haul of R3 000 and 975 ratings points sees her maintain her 10th position on the latest WQS womenís rankings and within striking distance of the top six who will qualify for the 2008 ASP Womenís World Tour.
The womenís event at Margaret River was won by Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) who defeated Jessi Miley-Dyer (Aus) in the final. Equal third were Margaret River local Melanie Redman-Carr, who lost to Silva in their semi, and fellow Aussie Samantha Cornish.
The next event on the WQS is the Lizzard Nandos Surf Pro presented by the Weekend Witness at New Pier in Durban, a one star rated, R75 000 event for men which includes a Grade 1, R37 500 Pro Junior (U20) menís contest, over the Easter weekend (6-9 April).
This is followed by the inaugural Quiksilver Pro Africa presented by Virgin Mobile, the first six star rated, R900 000 WQS menís event in South Africa to be accorded Prime status and an additional 20 percent ratings points haul for every competitor.
This event runs from 16-22 April at New Pier with a backup venue of Cave Rock on the Bluff and will see all of the worldís top WQS campaigners visiting the shores of South Africa.
Drug Aware Pro Margaret River presented by OíNeill Australia
Margaret River, Western Australia
1. Kieren Perrow (Aus) R110 000 3 000 points
2. Tiago Pires (Port) R 55 000 2 625
=3. Dane Reynolds (USA) R 32 000 2 250
=3. Dan Ross (Aus) R 32 000 2 250
=13. Damien Fahrenfort (Kommetjie) R13 000 1 388
=49. Royden Bryson (EL) R 4 500 750
=73. Jordy Smith (Durban) R 3 750 675
David Weare (Durban) R 3 750 675
Ricky Basnett (Bluff) R 3 750 675
Gavin Roberts (Scottburgh) R 3 750 675
1. Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) R33 000 2 500 points
2. Jessi Miley Dyer (Aus) R17 000 2 150
=3. Melanie Redman-Carr (Aus) R14 000 1 825
Samantha Cornish (Aus) R14 000 1 825
=13. Nikita Robb (EL) R 3 625 1 125
=25. Rosanne Hodge (EL) R 2 500 875
=37. Tammy-Lee Smith (Salt Rock) R 1 800 780
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The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfingís undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Fosterís ASP Menís World Tour, the ASP Womenís World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America. These regions manage all their respective domestic affairs under the guidance of ASP International, which is located on the Gold Coast of Australia.
|Date: 2 Apr 07||