A word in your ear with 2007 WCT Rookie sensation Jeremy Flores.
Interview by Daz
Three events in and Jeremy has got off to a solid start in the big leagues, winning each of his Round One heats, getting robbed from making the Quarters at Snapper, taking out one R. Kelly Slater at Teahupoo for a Quarters finish and after three of ten events on the 2007 Foster’s ASP World Tour, finds himself ranked 9th in the world.
So far, three events in, how do you feel it’s gone?
For the moment I’m happy with my performance,
I’ve won all of my first round heats, which has
helped to give me confidence. I was pretty unlucky
at Bells where I fell ill after my first round heat and
had to stay in bed until day 3. I still wasn’t feeling
great when I surfed that heat. And then at Teahupoo
I was pretty stoked to make the Quarters.
How rattled were you by what happened at Snapper?
When I got out of the water, I felt like I had been
cheated, that the barrel I got was worth more than a
3.5 (plus all I needed was a 5.33 to go through to
the quarters), but seeing as it was my first WCT
event, I didn’t want to kick up a fuss. When I went
back into the pro surfer’s area, everyone, including
Kelly, said that the judges had made a mistake and
that I should go and talk to Perry Hatchett (ASP
head judge). So that’s what I did, but Perry assured
me that he had seen the wave… That kind of
situation is pretty rare on tour and it was just my
bad luck that it had to happen to me, but it’s all part
of my apprenticeship on the ’CT! I’ve just tried to
forget it and concentrate on the events to come.
Last week you took down Kelly at Teahupoo. Must have felt pretty good?
Yeah it’s always nice to beat one of the top guys like
Kelly, great for your self-confidence. I had a close
heat with him in the Quik Pro France a couple of
years ago, so it was nice to beat him. I was stoked
to make the Quarters but still a bit disappointed I
didn’t go on a bit further in that event.
What’s been your routine, who you travelling with?
My dad was with me for the two events in Australia.
My fitness coach Yannick Beven (Patrick’s brother)
was also with me for the Gold Coast, as well as
quite a few friends, which helped a lot. You do feel a
lot of pressure being the only European on the tour
so let’s hope Miky re-qualifies and that Tiago and
Patrick make it on too!
You must be keeping an eye on the QS. Have you been
surprised by the strong start the Euros have made?
No, not really. Guys like Tiago and Patrick have
already come close to qualifying in the past. It looks
like Euroforce is on the rampage!
Who seem like the in-form CT guys?
No real big surprises. Kelly is still up there, Andy,
who wasn’t in great shape for the Gold Coast was
great to watch at Bells, he was right back in the
zone surfing incredible. And then there’s the
Australians Fanning, Parko and Taj. Those are the
five that are a cut above the rest.
What changes have you tried to make to your
surfing to score bigger?
I’ve only just turned 19 and I’m still quite small, so
I’m working on my fitness and gaining more power
in my legs.
There are still plenty of events to go, but do you
have an idea of where you want to be? Is staying
in the Top 10 a realistic goal?
My top priority is to re-qualify, which is why I’ll
continue to compete in the big WQS events until
I’m sure I’ve re-qualified through the ‘CT. But
ideally I’d like to post one or two big results before
the year’s end. Let’s wait and see.