TRESTLES — Former world #2 Luke Egan clinched his third major ASP victory by defeating fellow Australian Michael Campbell in the final of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Billabong.
The $292,049 World Championship Tournament (WCT) – the richest in professional history – commenced Wednesday morning with semifinals, followed by the Billabong-Boost Mobile Airshow final, a Boost Expression Session and commemorative ceremony for those lives lost on September 11th last year, before the grand finale unfolded.
Egan, who had previously won WCT’s in the remote locations of G-Land, Indonesia (1997) and then Tavarua Island, Fiji (2000), stepped onto the podium at Southern California’s premier venue in front of hundreds of cheering fans. The 32-year old surfed a selective 45-minute final, only riding five waves, but enough to secure the highest three-wave total of the entire tournament for 25.15 points.
After finishing second to Kauaian Andy Irons in Tahiti this year, yesterday’s win was extra sweet since it pushed him well within striking distance of the Hawaiians’ current ratings lead.
Finishing equal third were six-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) and Guilherme Herdy (Brz). Both received $10,000 and a big boost to their current ratings positions, following poor results earlier in the year.