Andy Irons rides a wave as he competes against Rob Machado in men?s final during the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Ca
Andy Irons rides a wave as he competes against Rob Machado in men?s final during the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Ca

Ace high dream bid

By ANDREW McKINNON

FORMER Australian junior champ, Adrian "Ace" Buchan, of Avoca Beach, on the NSW Central Coast is Australia's latest answer to the many WQS competitors from all over the world trying to have a crack at the "big time" and the dream of qualifying for next years WCT.

Ace is currently leading the WQS ratings from Brazil's former world professional junior champ Adriano de Souza.

And this despite current world open mens champ Andy Irons winning the sixstar WQS US Open final at Huntington Beach, California, from former WCT pro Rob Machado.

Ace reached the quarter-finals going out to Machado who dispatched of De Souza in the semis.

Machado, who is rated 65th, is trying to qualify for next years WCT tour.

There are six more six-star WQS events for the last 16 hopefuls to qualify from their seven best results and the final numbers will be determined in Hawaii with the final two WQS events, both six-stars in November.

The next run of WQS events will become crucial, with a number of five-star to sixstar QS events in Japan and Europe through-out August and September.

There's still a long way to go, but Buchan and de Souza are in the box seat.

Other Australians who are keeping up with the final top 16 include NSW pair, Umina's Glen Hall (seventh) and Mullaways Shaun Cansdell (ninth).

Meanwhile Gold Coasters Jay Thompson (43rd), Luke Munro (47th) and Corey Ziems (73rd) have their work cut out and desperately need a good result on the Japan/Europe leg.

Basically that's either a win or better than quarter-finals to boost their chances.

There's no easy road for the grueling circuit - it can make or break a professional's career.

Take, for instance, former three times world champion, Tom Curren, who at 40 years of age has tried to re-qualify and is finding it a lot harder than he thought.

This is despite almost making a final in Hawaii earlier this year, Curren has sunken back to 84th.

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THE greatest ever ocean paddler, North Burleigh lifeguard and surfer Jamie Mitchell has done it again in Hawaii for the fourth consecutive year to win the Molokai to Oahu 32 mile ocean paddling race.

The 28-year-old had to fight off his Hawaiian challenger, fellow lifeguard Brian Rochleau, in the last two hours and battling against a raging current in the Kaiwi channel between the two islands.

"The last two hours were horrendous with the current working against us. What kept me going was I did not want to lose. I hate losing!"

(Somehow Jamie doesn't have losing in his history!)

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ENTRY forms are available for the annual Currumbin Rock to Rock Longboard event to be held on the August 12-13.

The event is hosted by the local Currumbin Longboard club and proceeds are to go to the DSA (Disabled Surfing Association).

For further info, contact Sully on 0407212024 or Al Mac on 0410489714.



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