Boost Mobile and Hurley today announced the final competition roster including the names of the three wildcard contestants invited to compete at the 2008 Boost Mobile Pro of Surf presented by Hurley – the next stop on the ASP World Championship Tour and the only tour event held on the U.S. Mainland. Bolstering an already stacked field of surfers competing in this year’s Boost Mobile Pro, wildcard highlights include former ASP World No. 2 Rob Machado (USA), Brett Simpson (USA) and Yadin Nicol (AUS). With last years BMP wildcards going on to qualify for the WCT (Dane Reynolds & Jordy Smith), both Brett Simpson (7th in the WQS & rookie of year) & Yadin Nicol (one of the most photographed surfers of the past year) are hoping to follow this lead which adds to the excitement of this year’s wildcard draw.
“It’s always an honor to have the chance to compete against the best surfers in the world,” says Boost Mobile and Hurley team rider and wildcard contestant Rob Machado. “Lower Trestles is one the best waves in California, if not the best and to be able to have a shot at the Boost Mobile title is something I don’t take lightly. I’m looking forward to getting out there and giving it all I got.”
“Yea it’s great [to win a wildcard spot]. Just awesome for Hurley to be sponsoring it and give us guys a chance,” says Hurley team rider and wildcard winner Brett Simpson. “You know we’ve grinded out all year on the QS Tour and then it’s just nice to get to surf against the big boys now. Just relax and have fun and hopefully take some guys down.”