Shaun Joubert, a Mossel Bay local, made history last weekend to secure a fifth place in an ASP six-star event in Zarautz, Spain. The San Miguel Pro has been staged in Zarautz on the Basque country for the past six years.
The event took place from 28 August and finished with a bang on 1 September in pumping four to six feet surf.
Rob Gunning, ASP Europe Tour Manager, stated, "The San Miguel Pro Zarautz is a surfer's favourite amongst the World's Best and once again, this classic little Basque town will be invaded by most of the surfers trying to qualify for the Elite World Championship Tour."
Shaun Joubert, 21, has been surfing for many years and won many a junior title in South Africa. He has been honing his surfing on the ASP Qualifying Tour for the last two years. He finished 2011 off on a high note in 57th position on the Association of Surfing Professionals' One World Ranking. His main goal is to finish in the top 32 and join the elite ASP World Tour with surfers like Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith and Mick Fanning.
He also relocated to San Clemente, California, in the beginning of the year and competes out of the USA for most of the year.
"I have just started working with a coach and fitness guy in the States and I feel like I understand what it takes to qualify for the World Tour. So I'm going to put my head down and DO it!" Joubert said after his good result in Spain.
The European Qualifying tour has now moved on to the Azores and will finish in the Canary Islands. The ASP Tour 2012 will culminate in Hawaii for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, where a World Champion will also be crowned.
Mossel Bay's flag will be flown by Joubert and we wish him luck in his career path.