ASP Dream Tour rookie Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, started his Quiksilver Pro France campaign is stellar fashion today, topping current ASP World No. 1 Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), 38, in Round 1 to advance directly through to Round 3 in pumping six-to-eight foot (2.5 metre) barrels at Culs Nus beach in Hossegor, France.
Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France plays a vital role in determining this year's ASP World Champion and who will find their way back amongst the elite for the 2011 season.
Gudauskas issued a major upset when the young Californian threaded a deep forehand barrel, only to complete the ride with a forehand punt to relegate past nine-time ASP World Champion, Slater, to Round 2 along reigning ASP World Junior Champion and event wildcard Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 18.