Bottle moves into number two

By ANDREW McKINNON

BURLEIGH'S Jay "Bottle" Thompson's emphatic run on the WQS (World qualifying series) continues to build momentum with a gutsy 9th place at the Yumeya Billabong Pro in Japan on the weekend.

He has quietly discarded the "battler" tag and is now in the number two spot on the WQS ratings. Last year Thompson missed qualifying by a couple of rounds finishing in 35th position on the WQS despite a strong finish in Hawaii.

The top 16 WQS competitors qualify for next years ASP men's World tour WCT taken from their best 7 WQS results.

Bottle has now accrued seven solid results at the halfway mark putting him in the best position to date.

While the Men's WCT is on hold until next month in California, it's a non stop grind for the QS crew with at least six more 6 star WQS events to go between now and the Hawaiian deciders in Nov/Dec.

There's still a long way to go, Europe, Brazil and Hawaii but if you were a betting man, you'd stack it on Jay to make next years WCT cut.

Right now the tall and lanky iconic character with spectacular hack turns from hell, honed to perfection on the Burleigh Point break, is in the driver's seat cruising nicely and expects his best performances to come especially in Hawaii where Bots excels in the overhead stuff.

Also making his best result for the year on the WQS, Currumbins Corey Ziems reached the round of 16 in Japan to finish equal 9th, as did Tuguns WCT pro Troy Brooks who is fighting his way back via the WQS.

The much anticipated return of the 2007 ASP women's World tour will be back in Brazil for the Billabong Girls at Praia da Tiririca, Itacare, and Bahia from the 20th of August until the 27th.

The top 16 women's world tour is being jointly led by the Tweeds Stephanie Gilmore and Chelsea Georgeson after two events and there are now 5 events to decide this years women's world title.

The big question re the 2007 ASP men's and women's world titles is can the Gold Coast/Tweed Coast bag the double - meaning take out both the men's and women's world titles?



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