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The ASP mid season cut offs have been made and there are several surfers who started the season as aces who are now considering a change of careers.
There were two surfers who got the word recently, however, that they are on the tour.
Three surfers had applied for injury wildcards at the end of 2009. ASP doctors had determined that Kieren Perrow's pre-season injury had actually hindered his performance in the first few events. That left one slot open, which will go to Gabe Kling.
|Gabe Kling, happy and healthy.|
"I got the email last week from the ASP and I couldn't really believe it," Kling told me Thursday night, "I was hoping for it. It came down to me and Josh Kerr. I was barely ahead of Josh."
When the decision was made, (during the Billabong Pro Tahiti) Kling was No. 27 and Kerr was No. 29. Florida's Kling is currently ranked No. 32 on the One World Ranking system. He won the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Prime last May, which was good for 6,500 points.
"I cut short my European leg and was home for day and just got to Californian," he reported, "and I'm just psyching."
|Back on tour for the second half of 2010.|
Kling has had a maddening last couple of years, bouncing between the tour, injury rehab, and qualifying events, But he's feeling good. The horrendous Medial Collateral Ligament tear and Medial Meniscus tear in his knee as well as a Distal Tibiofibular sprain in his ankle at the 2009 O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Tasmania are healed. Both wheels are a hundred percent.
"I feel great. Football season is about to start and my Tour season is about to start," Kling, a serious Jacksonville Jags fan, laughed.
Kling returns in time for the Hurley Pro at Trestles, obviously a wave he has some momentum on. He faces Taj Burrow and Pat Guduaskas in Round 4.