A cutting from my Samurai team newsletter...
Beau Atchison, Samurai team a 'standout' in France!
Hi Guys.. just an update on some Samuari News.
With a frantic week of final preperations, Paul Finch managed to send Team Rider Beau Atchison off to the WQS Lancanau Pro in France and with a new quiver under his belt. Beau was a standout on day 1, with fellow Australian Sam Page.
In tricky 'Day 1'conditions and strong currents made it tough for all competitors to post high scores today but almost all favorites managed to make their way through to Round 2. With the Australian contigent sufing strongly, Beau made it thru his heats with some high scoring rides.
Lancanau, France (Thursday, August 14, 2008)
Top seeds and barrels attracted massive crowds for Day 3 of the ASP WQS 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro and it was another marathon day with 25 heats wrapped up in clean four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) waves. From current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings’ leaders to ASP World Tour campaigners, world class surfers displayed some hot action.
At the end of day 3, Beau is thru to round 4 with top seed Aussies including Yadin Nichol, Sam Page and Nathan Hedge
Nathaniel Curran (USA), current international WQS ratings’ leader, opened his French campaign with a win in Heat 5 and could leave the water relieved despite a low 8.40 heat tally (out of a possible 20). Curran, younger brother of former ASP World Tour surfer and 1999 Lacanau Pro champion Timmy Curran (USA), managed to find his way out of the tricky fast-breaking conditions and will surf in Round 4 today.
UPCOMING ROUND 4 HEATS
Heat 1 : Antonio Bortoletto (ZAF), Gabe Kling (USA), Luke Dorrington (AUS), Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 2 : Travis Logie (ZAF), Tim Boal (FRA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Brent Dorrington (AUS)
Heat 3 : Nathaniel Curran (USA), Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 4 : Dane Gudauskas (USA), Mike Losness (USA), Dustin Barca (HAW), Charles Martin (GLP)
Heat 5 : Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Glenn hall (IRE), Ben Dunn (AUS), Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 6 : Masatoshi Ohno (JPN), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Joel Centeio (HAW)
Heat 7 : Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS), Kirk Flintoff (AUS), Sam Page (AUS)
Heat 8 : Dion Atkinson (AUS), Austin Ware (AUS), Beau Atchinson (AUS), Simao Romao (BRA)
Heat 9 : David Weare (ZAF), Paulo Moura (BRA), Nathan Hedge (AUS), Robson Santos (BRA)
Heat 10 : Romain Laulhe (FRA), Adam Vic Robertson (AUS), Nic Muscroft (AUS), Perdro Henrique (BRA)
Heat 11: TBA
Heat 12: TBA