PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Oaxaca (Thursday, November 13, 2008) - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star PXM International Vans Pro continued today in pumping six foot (2 metre) surf at Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico. Today's action saw local standout David Rutherford (Puerto Escondido, MEX), 25, earn the event's first perfect 10, while Dean Brady (Noosa, AUS), 22, and Ryan Turner (Huntington Beach, CA), 29, were standouts as well.
The ASP WQS allows all competitors a chance to qualify for the coveted ASP World Tour, with the top 15 surfers at year's end earning their chance to compete amongst the world's finest competitive surfers at some of the world's best waves.
Today's action saw local charger David Rutherford (Puerto Escondido, MEX), 25, earn the event's first perfect 10-point ride in a gaping Mexican Pipeline barrel. The Puerto Escondido native claims that it was one of the best waves he's ever caught at his home break.
"I've been recovering from an injury and I wanted to be as prepared as possible," Rutherford said. "That was one of the best waves I've ever had at my home break. It definitely ranks within the top five."
Rutherford, who won an ASP WQS 1-Star event at Puerto Escondido three years ago, used his knowledge of the shifty beach break to pick off a wave that would offer the perfect score, proving that he is the local favourite in the event.
"You can never be sure, but I can usually spot the good ones," Rutherford said. "I try to line up the steepest part, where it's going to pitch, and then take off behind that section. Once I was in, I said to myself, if you're going to make this heat you've got to pump it!"
Brady, who is a former ASP Pro Junior competitor, happened to be in Mexico when he heard about the event and decided to enter last minute. The young Australian ped a near perfect 9.57 out of 10 on a firing right-hand barrel to win his Round 2 heat today.
"I saw it stack up outside, but it was in the rip and a little crumbly at the top so I didn't know if it was clean enough to barrel," Brady said. "I thought it might clamp down at the end, but it let me in and just opened up. It was good fun for sure!"
Brady spends most of his time free surfing, but made it obvious that he was a strong competitor as well with today's performance.
"I'm just here as a free surfer," Brady said. "I come here for a month every year. I've been here for almost four weeks and was actually due to go home, but I heard about the contest and extended my stay to enter."
Ryan Turner, a Huntington Beach local, also issued an explosive performance on the thumping waves on offer in today's competition. The Californian netted the day's highest heat total of 18.20 out of 20 to claim a victory in Round 2 in what he expressed was one of the best heats of his life.
"It was a gem, one of my best waves ever," Turner said. "I got one perfect ten in an event years ago, but this was one of the most fun heats I've ever been in."
PXM International Vans Pro Round of 96 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 5: Jose Ramirez (MEX) 1st, Zitlaey Calleta (MEX) 2nd, Masaijah Lani (MEX) ns, Raul Medina (MEX) ns
Heat 6: Oscar Moncada (MEX) 1st, Eric Ramirez (MEX) 2nd, Bertin Juarez (MEX) 3rd, Morgan Faulkner (HAW) 4th
Heat 7: Dean Brady (AUS) 1st, Matt Johnson (USA) 2nd, Jayson Franco (USA) 3rd, David Chiquete (MEX) 4th
Heat 8: Warren Metcalfe (USA) 1st, Martin Passeri (ARG) 2nd, Roger Ramierez (MEX) 3rd, Brian Ramierez (MEX) 4th
Heat 9: Ryan Turner (USA) 1st, Ryah Arthur (USA) 2nd, Jeremy DeLoach (USA) 3rd, Kai Ellison (USA) ns
Heat 10: Nick Suhadolnik (USA) 1st, Andrew Gahan (USA) 2nd, Golden Depesa (HAW) 3rd, Venancio Velasco (MEX) 4th
Heat 11: Eric McHenry (USA) 1st, Keetin Devin (USA) 2nd, Alex DeLaTorre (MEX) 3rd, Carlos Nogales (MEX) 4th
Heat 12: Andrew Doheny (USA) 1st, Sean Pearson (USA) 2nd, Jimmy Herrick (USA) 3rd, Checo Ramirez (MEX) 4th
Heat 13: Fisher Heverly (USA) 1st, Javier Swayne (PER) 2nd, Jose Trujillo (MEX) 3rd, Oscar Davo (MEX) 4th
Heat 14: David Rutherford (MEX) 1st, Tyler Smith (USA) 2nd, Martin Flores (MEX) 3rd, Mike Klatt (USA) 4th
Heat 15: Andre DeMarco (ARG) 1st, Diego Medina (CHL) 2nd, Justin Swartz (USA) 3rd, Nate Zoller (USA) ns
Heat 16: Fredrick Ortega (USA) 1st, Juan Berrera (ITA) 2nd, Robert Kelly (USA) ns, Eddie Guilbeau (USA) ns
PXM International Vans Pro Round of 64 Results: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Angelo Lozano (MEX) 1st, Matt King (USA) 2nd, Christian Carzo (MEX) 3rd, Josh Loya (USA) 4th
Heat 2: Matt Mohagen (USA) 1st, Abel Estopin (MEX) 2nd, Adam D'Esposito (HAW) 3rd, Heath Joske (AUS) 4th