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By Andrea Swayne
Patrick Gudauskas of San Clemente is bringing home the hardware and a $15,000 prize for taking the win at the Association of Surfing Professionals 4-Star Vans Pro in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sunday at the East Coast Surfing Championships.
Gudauskas held the lead from start to finish in the final, managing to edge out runner-up Deivid Silva of Brazil, who charged to within 0.05 points of the win late in the heat. At the final buzzer, Gudauskas took top honors with a two-wave combined score of 12.67 points (out of 20) to Silva’s 12.63.
Hawaiian, Keanu Asing placed third with 11.00 points and Kaito Ohashi of Japan came in fourth with 9.10.
“That was my first time to Virginia to compete in the ECSC event. It was a really enjoyable trip with fun waves and tons of things to do on the side,” Gudauskas said. “For me, this win was a huge boost for my confidence and season as I’ve been having a lot of close losses over the past year or two.”
Gudauskas’ victory contributes 1,000 points toward his ASP World Ranking, where he sits at No. 57. He is currently the No. 36 rated surfer, and an alternate, on the ASP World Championship Tour ranking.
“The purpose of going there was for me to get my winning rhythm back and create some momentum for the back half of my season. To win on American soil, and in a Vans event, was icing on the cake,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next four months of competing in World Tour Prime events, looking for more great results and more fun ahead.”
For more information about ASP events and rankings, log on to www.aspworltour.com.