Nate Yeomans

If you'd looked at the WQS ratings at the start of 2010, chances are you wouldn't have picked San Clemente's Nate Yeomans to qualify. Yeomans has been at it for some years now, and has never quite been able to string together a full season of robust results, but starting with the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro last April he began to make a push. "It's a long season, and one good result gives you something to think about," he'd say. "With the 'QS you have to take it one event, one heat at a time." Yeomans did just that. His year was highlighted by a win at the Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz in October, and now he has himself a ticket to the big dance. Hopefully he hangs around long enough to enjoy the fruits of his labor. (Jason Kenworthy)