The event couldn’t have been scripted any better with Asing, The No. 1 seed coming up against Wade Carmichael the defending event champion in the Final. After falling off the elite Championship Tour (CT) at the end of last year, Asing is fired up to re-qualify in 2017. He has got it off to a great start at the Great Lakes Pro with some incredible surfing and high heat totals.
Asing’s solid backhand snaps and huge fans of spray saw him post an excellent heat total of 18.73 (out of a possible 20). Although he fought till the end, this massive total proved too much for Carmichael leaving Asing to take his first ever Qualifying Series victory.
“This is my first ever QS win which is really cool,” Asing said. “To come to Australia and start it off with a win is incredible. I’m looking forward to this year - I feel like I have a lot to prove after falling off tour so starting it with a win is awesome. The competitiveness of these guys in the lower rated events is gnarly. It’s way tougher than at the top end, everyone is ruthless and wants to win - it’s really cool. I’m really happy with this win and can’t wait to come back next year.”
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