WQS Update With Al Hunt

Congratulations to Nic Muscroft (pictured above) on his maiden ASP WQS win at the Ocean and Earth Pro in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

Nic's win moved him up from 22nd to 13th, and he is now just inside the cut for the Dream Tour in 2008. Nic is still carrying and 875 as his lowest score, so he has the chance with another good result to jump even higher.

Fellow finalists made some jumps with Michel Bourez moving up from 35th to 32nd, Dan Ross from 30th to 27th and Jonathan Gonzales in 4th went from 60th to 56th.

Unfortunately for Kieren Perrow, who finished 9th, suffered a drop from 14th to 15th.

Miky Picon was the other to drop from 13th to 14th.

Both surfers being pushed down due to Nic Muscroft.

In the ratings race Jordy Smith is still on top, and actually added 375 points with his victory at the O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz.

Brett Simpson, who finished 3rd, helped his cause, moving from 47th to 39th, but is still around 2,500 points off the cutoff.

The other finalists at the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz, Kieren Horn and Josh Loya, are not doing the tour so made no impact on the ratings.Overall, other than Nic Muscroft moving into the Top 15 on the 'QS and pushing Neco Padaratz out to 16th, nothing much happened.

However, there has been some movement in the Fosters Men's Tour ratings after the Billabong Pro in Mundaka.

C.J. Hobgood, Jeremy Flores and Rodrigo Dornelles are all solid in the Dream Tour Top 27, so will not need their WQS rating to qualify for 2008.

That means that Neco Padaratz, Gabe Kling and Dayyan Neve are now in the WQS top 15 and the cutoff is at 9763 points.

It's very much looking like around 10,500 will be the cutoff this year, but with two major WQS events on this week in the Canaries and Brazil, we will have to wait and see.

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