Kimmins wipes out in trials event
COOLANGATTA young gun Clint Kimmins has cemented his reputation as a rising star after Tweed Coast surfers stepped into the spotlight on the international stage yesterday.
While Kingscliff teenager Stephanie Gilmore was among the standouts at the World Junior Surfing Championships in Tahiti, Kimmins was hurling himself down the face of huge waves at Hawaii's infamous Pipeline.
Kimmins and his fellow competitors, including Gold Coaster Tavis Lynch, were confronted by three to four metre waves when they arrived on the beach yesterday for the start of the Pipeline Masters Trials event.
With waves exploding upon a barely submerged coral reef, Pipeline is one of the world's most dangerous waves but with two spots in this week's $260,000 Pipeline Masters World Championship Tour event up for grabs, Kimmins showed no fear in his opening round heat.
However his brave approach was not enough and the former under18 world champion was bundled out in the first round, finishing third behind Hawaiian Jason Frederico and Tahitian Malik Joyeux.
Lynch also bowed out in the first round with Hawaiian Mikey Bruneau going on to win the event from Brazilian Bruno Santos.
Bruneau and Santos both advance to the main event - featuring Coolangatta's Joel Parkinson and Bilambil's Mark Occhilupo which is expected to start today.
Meanwhile in Tahiti, Gilmore began her campaign at the world titles with a comprehensive opening round win.
Still on a high after winning the Australian Grommet Titles in Victoria last week, Gilmore is part of a 12-member Australian squad competing against teams from 24 nations.
n?Gold Coaster Neil Decker has returned home from Brazil after claiming the world open wave ski title for the second time.