De Vries eyes ASP Tour

2013-08-29 00:00

UMHLANGA surfer Beyrick de Vries (20), left for the Azores on Tuesday, joining the top ranked 96 surfers in the world at the Azores Sata Airlines Prime Pro 2013, beginning on September 3.

De Vries finished tied for ninth at the Mr Price Pro Ballito in July this year. He is determined to make the ASP World Tour next year, joining fellow South Africans Jordy Smith and Travis Logie.

He has travelled the world this year, competing on the ASP World Qualifying Series Tour. His consistency sees him currently occupying 37th spot in the rankings heading into this event, the fifth Prime event of the year.

He needs at least three solid results to take the step into the elite bracket of world surfing and has the drive and determination to achieve his goal.

“He is fit and surfing as well as he ever has. He has surfed against some of the world’s best and is undaunted by the challenge, taking them on and not holding back,” said Dane Patterson of Quicksilver, De Vries’s main sponsor.

The Azores are a group of small islands off the Portuguese coast, offering competitive and challenging surf.

De Vries will be joined at the event by fellow South African Shaun Joubert from Mossel Bay. Unfortunately, Dale Staples (St Francis), who was to join the pair, has had to withdraw after pulling a tendon in his foot.

While far from home, De Vries will have some support close to his heart as his mother Julie makes the trip to watch him in action. “His surfing travels have taken him to some of the world’s most exotic locations and he has been telling me for a while that I would love the Azores,” she said.

After this event, De Vries returns home but will be back in Portugal in late October for another Prime event. Then he will head off to Hawaii in November and December to tackle the final Prime events of the year. These are designed to determine whether he is on next year’s ASP World Tour.

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