Monday, September 8, 2008

Pat Gudauskas Makes Good Showing In Europe

Patrick Gudauskas was a standout in this week's ASP WQS 5-star event, the Movistar O'neill Pantin Classic, held in Pantin, Spain, finishing fifth overall. Earning a second place finish in the Buondi Billabong pro in Portugal and a fifth place finish at this week's Movistar O'neill Pantin Classic, significantly helping his cause towards qualification for the ASP World Tour. The San Clemente native led the ASP WQS ratings for the first half of the season, but slipped down a few notches to no. 10 after a slow start to the second half of the season. Guduaskas shook off the cobwebs and moved back up to speed, launching himself up to the no. 3 position amongst the world's finest up-and-coming competitors after this week's result in solid six-to-eight foot conditions in Pantin, Spain. "It was pretty fun out there and we are stoked to be through," Gudauskas said. "I got smashed pretty hard on one of the last waves of my heat but it is really good to eventually get bigger waves."

Gudauskas ousted younger brother Tanner Gudauskas in the round of 24 on the way to his quarterfinals berth. Tanner, brother Dane Gudauskas and Nathan Yeomans finished equal 17th overall.