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San Clemente surfer Pat Gudauskas qualifies for 2010 ASP World Tour

November 9, 2009 |  9:05 am
Pat Gudauskas in action at the Canary Islands.

Patrick Gudauskas, finally, has ascended to the elite ranks of pro surfing.

After falling just short a few times, the flashy regular-footer from San Clemente has earned enough points to qualify for the the 2010 ASP World Tour before the season-ending Hawaiian swing.

His third-place finish in 10-foot waves at the Islas Canarias Santa Pro in the Canary Islands gave him the necessary points so the rest of the season will be spent trying to overtake World Qualifying Series tour points leader Ross Daniels and win the WQS title.

“I wanted to do well and get over the 14,000-points mark, which is done,” Gudauskas, 23, said after the contest, which was won by Australia's Drew Courtney. “It would have been good to win the event because I love coming here and I really liked the waves today. [But] next stop is Hawaii and I am looking forward at a strong finish.”

The World Tour accepts the top 15 from the WQS at season's end. Pat's brother Tanner is ranked No. 17. Brett Simpson of Huntington Beach is seventh and probably will join Pat on next year's World Tour. Nate Yeomans of San Clemente won the O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz on Sunday and is eighth.

Next up for WQS surfers is the ASP 6-Star PRIME Reef Hawaiian Pro beginning as early as Thursday at Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore. That event marks the beginning of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Pat Gudauskas in action at the Canary Islands. Credit: ASP Europe