Yeomans Leads American's Charge in Basque Country

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, September 6, 2009) – The critical European leg of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) continued this past week with the ASP 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz in the Basque country and saw Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, carry the torch for mainland America on the way to his third place finish.

Yeomans was forced to begin the San Miguel Pro Zarautz in Round 1 due to a late entry, but still managed to battle through a list of impressive international names including ASP World Tour surfer, Basque native and overall local favorite Aritz Aranburu (Zarautz, EUK), 24, before falling to eventual runner-up Blake Thorton (AUS), 24, in a close Semifinal heat.

“It came down to a good back-up ride in that Semifinal and I guess that air-reverse 360 could have made a difference if I had landed it,” Yeomans said. “It feels great to get a few heats under my belt and get back into winning mode so I am happy with this result today especially after a few shockers in this summer. I’ve had a great time in Europe and next for me is some time home for my sister’s wedding and then head to Brazil for the WQS events.”

After suffering early exits over the last few events, the Semifinals finish will play a crucial role in helping Yeomans achieve his ultimate goal, a spot on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour. Yeomans is currently securing the No. 14 seat on The Grind and is in a strong position to secure his spot for next year’s ASP World Tour and the explosive goofy-footer’s result will also give him a confidence boost while he continues his campaign on The Grind when he travels to his next event in Brazil.

Also donating strong showings in the Basque-based competition were Patrick Guduaskas (San Clemente, CA), 23, and younger Brother Tanner Gudauskas, 21, who each earned fifth place finishes at the San Miguel Pro Zarautz. Patrick is sitting in fifth overall on the ASP WQS, while Tanner is securing the No. 13 position.

In addition to the Yeomans and Patrick and Tanner Gudauskas, Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA), 24, and Austin Ware (Solana Beach, CA), 28, who finished in ninth at the San Miguel Pro Zarautz, are also currently sitting within the top 15 on the international circuit of hungry up-and-comers looking to find their way on to next year’s ASP Dream Tour.

The next event on the European leg of the ASP WQS will be the ASP 5-Star Ferrolterra Movistar Pantin Classic 2009 in Pantin Spain, which will run from September 8-13, 2009.

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