Patrick Gudauskas has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Vans Pro in peaky two-to-four foot waves at 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach.
Gudauskas, current alternate on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), led the final from start to finish, opening his campaign with a strong 7 point ride, quickly finding a backup score of a 5. The San Clemente surfer would hold on to the victory despite a late-heat charge by runner-up Deivid Silva (BRA), 18, solidifying the win over additional finalists Keanu Asing (HAW), 20, and Kaito Ohashi (JPN), 21.
In addition to the Men’s Vans Pro Final, Joshua Moniz (Waikiki, HI), 17, won the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro Junior over younger brother Seth, 15, who would finish in second, deadly Japanese standout Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), 16, and the North Shore’s Kalani David (North Shore, HI), 15.
Stop No. 4 of 5 on the 2013 ASP North America Pro Junior Series, the Vans Pro Junior’s ASP 4-Star status plays a crucial role in deciding both qualifiers for the ASP World Junior Championships and the ASP North America Pro Junior Champion.
Joshua Moniz built momentum throughout the Vans Pro Junior, peaking in the final with an impressive combination of progression and power. The young Hawaiian would also dominate the final affair from start to finish, netting one the day’s high heat totals of 15.97 in the process.
“That was a fun final and I was kind of scared because leading up to the final I never really had a good heat,” Moniz said. “I knew I had to get a couple of scores and luckily I found two right off of the bat. I actually really like this wave and I guess we scored. We’ve had fun little peaks. I surf waves like this at home all the time and I felt pretty used to the conditions.”