Chase Wilson, welcome to the big time.
While Wilson's rise in the ranks in the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' Juniors events is no secret, he took a major step last weekend just a few miles north of his Newport Beach home in the ASP Vans Pier Classic on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Wilson, 21, found himself in the final heat of the Vans Pier Classic with a couple of San Clemente surfers: Nathan Yeomans, 30, and Chris Ward, 33, as well as Santa Cruz's Nat Young, 20.
"It means a lot," Wilson said. "I felt I worked hard for it all week and it feels great it paid off. It's a big confidence boost for me. Being my best QS [qualifying score] result ever, it's so exciting and I'm looking forward to keep the ball rolling."
Wilson reached the final heat by winning both his quarterfinal and semifinal heats, each of which was a four-man heat. He matched up with Young in those heats as well, out-pointing him in the quarters and semis before Young finally came through in the final heat to win the event.