Coast coup at QCC
by Andrew McKinnon
FRESH back from competing in Europe on the ASP WQS (World Qualifying Series), Currumbin's Corey Ziems was on top of his game to take out round four of the inaugural Billabong QCC series, the North Shore classic on the Sunshine Coast.
Ziems shot out of the blocks early in the four-man final, posting an eight-point ride, and then backed it up with a 6.5 to close the field on fellow WQS campaigner Shane Bevan who used his wealth of competitive experience to secure second, with Sunshine Coaster Dave Reardon-Smith third and perennial charger and new Dad, Mark Richardson, in fourth.
Despite losing in round two, Damon Harvey continues to lead the ratings.
Harvey, who has also been competing on the European leg of the WQS, made a last-minute dash to compete on the weekend.
The winner of the inaugural Billabong QCC series will be awarded a wild card into the trials of the 2006 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks.
Cabarita's Josh Fuller is trailing in second, with Mark Richardson in third on the ratings.
The best four out of six results will be taken to crown the new champion decided by the final event on the Gold/Tweed Coast, the Queensland Open on December 10 and 11.
THE Cabarita Boardriders are celebrating a new champ in their ranks ? Brittani Nicholl placed third in the State finals at Coffs Harbour to qualify for the Nationals in November at Tasmania.
Brittani will be joined by two other Cabba members, Cameron Gleave in the u/18s and Brent Savage in the u/16s WCT event number eight on the ASP World Tour.
THE Boost Mobile Pro (13th-18th) at Lowers Trestles, California is gearing up for another epic showdown between ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA) and World Champion Andy Irons (Hawaii) with Kirra's Mick Fanning biting at their heels.
The last WCT event, the Quiksilver Pro in Japan, wasn't expected to score pumping waves and Irons stepped up the ante to win his first WCT event of the year and in doing so turn the tables on Slater who had beaten the World Champ at J-Bay.
Andy Irons is back and, while trailing Slater in the ratings by 570 points, a win for Irons would create a two horse race between the two champions ? that is unless Mick Fanning can throw up a challenge.
Mick has two wins under his belt, a third would see his World title hopes soar.
The good news is, like Japan, Trestles is expecting the best summer south swell of the year to kick in from the end of the week.
Keep watching on the internet for all the live web casting action.
oMERMAID Nobby's Miama Boardriders Club last competition results:
Grommets: 1 Elliot Woodbry; 2 Jake Juke; 3 Willy Tanner; 4 Sol Pereira-Ryan.
Cadets: 1 Lance Pirie; 2 Sam Higgs; 3 Jake Bickley; 4 Ice Pereira-Ryan.
Juniors: 1 Lance Pirie; 2 Ryan Wells; 3 Hayden Kiss; 4 Sam Higgs.
Open: 1 Justin Kleeman; 2 Anthony Pols; 3 Dean Hall; 4 Shannon Penrose.
Over 28: 1 Dean Hall; 2 Justin Kleeman; 3 Greg Dixion; 4 Ric Carter.
Over 40: 1 Ric Carter; 2 Mal Chalmers; 3 Dennis Callanhan; 4 Roz Franklin.
The next club round will be on October 9.
oKIRRA Surfriders round two at Lovers 2-3ft onshore:
Best Judge: Liam Totten; Best Wipeout: Ray Helton; Best Tube: Jesson Fleming; Best Manoeuvre: Kathy Clift.
Cadets: 1 Jesson Fleming; 2 Lucas Hopkins; 3 Jake Roberts; 4 Sam Clift.
Juniors: 1 Lucas Hokins; 2 Chris Stanton; 3 Jaymes Wright; 4 Joel Nantes.
Seniors: 1 Matt Hurworth; 2 Ben Adams; Equal 3rd: Geoff Abraham, Matt Butel.
Masters: 1 Brendon Duggan; 2 Dan Watts; 3 Dan Howard; Equal 4th: Mark Molloy, Geoff Abraham.
Grand Masters: 1 Ray Helton; 2 Stuart Ball; 3 Chris Payne; 4 Mike James.
Next meeting is Monday, September 19, 7pm, clubroom. Next contest September 25, all divisions, 6.45am, Duranbah.