Patrick Gudauskas has not been having the best year on the ASP World Tour. Thus far in five events, he has only cracked the first round once. Aside from the Burton Toyota Pro in Australia back in February, his WQS record had been dicey as well with a bunch of equal 37th place finishes. He really needed a win and he got one at the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships Vans Pro 4-star.
"It's insane, because I haven't made a final in so long," Gudauskas said in the ASP press release, "To win is amazing because everyone was surfing great this whole event. The Brazilian contingency and Japanese contingency were on fire the whole time and obviously Keanu (Asing) was ripping. Those guys were pouring it on at the end and I almost didn't get the win."
The event final had to be held off for two days on account of lack of swell. A bit of northeast windswell filtered in to wrap things on Sunday in one to three-foot conditions. The final came down to a very international clash between Gudauskas of California, Deivid Silva of Brazil, Keanu Asing of Hawaii, and Kaito Ohashi of Japan. Gudauskas grabbed two solid waves of the start and the rest of the boys came hard, but never caught him. He edged out Silva by a mere .04 points.
"I'm so happy because Patrick surfs on the WCT and it feels good to finish second," Silva said, "It would have been nice to win and it was so close at the end. Overall, it was a good event for me."
This was a much-needed win for Gudauskas. He is currently No. 36 on the World Tour. The win moves him up to No. 57 in the ASP World Rankings. Asing, a very probable future tour power surfer, is now ranked No. 55.
And while this result was a boost for Gudauaskas, it did very little for the East Coasters who hosted the event. With no clear stars banging at the World Tour door in the near future, the top Right Side finisher was Evan Geiselman who made the semis and moves to No. 80. Cam Richards, who gave Dane Reynolds a run for his money in the Hurley Pro video-submission trials earlier this summer, made the quarters.
Gudauskas is one of three professional surfing brothers from San Clemente who have been going strong on the ASP circuit for the past decade. They know a thing or two about competing in the same events too. Dane Gudauskas fell in the round of 64. Tanner Gudauskas made the round of 32. But in the Vans Pro Junior, it was a pair of brothers from Hawaii who took one and two. 17-year-old Josh Moniz (son of Hawaiian legend, Tony Moniz) bested his 15-year-old brother, Seth to take the win.