Locals? dreams come true
By GLEN SCOTT
LOCAL surfers Damon Harvey and Josh Fuller will use their World Championship Tour (WCT) wildcards next year as a springboard for greater recognition and possibly a place in the WCT's prestigious Top 44 in 2007.
Snapper's Harvey clinched the Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) series title in dramatic circumstances at Duranbah on Saturday ahead of Cabarita's Fuller.
Both were rewarded with wildcards for the Quiksilver Pro trials at Snapper in March, with Harvey also flying to Tahiti for the Billabong Pro trials at Teahupoo.
"I'm just really stoked to wrap it up," 25-year-old Harvey said.
"After doing well in the early events (first and third in the first two of the series), I didn't place as well later on.
"I had a bad year in the World Qualifying Series this year, but I want to use the confidence from winning this, have a good year next year and qualify for the WCT in 2007."
Harvey is looking forward to again confronting the world's most treacherous wave, Teahupoo, after gaining wildcard entries into the event for the past two years.
"Teahupoo is awesome ? one of the best and heaviest waves in the world," he said. "It is challenging, but that is what makes it so rewarding. Getting a barrel there is just an amazing feeling."
For 26-year-old Fuller, who made the final on Saturday despite a minor back injury sustained in Hawaii, a wild card entry into the Quicksilver Pro is the culmination of a dream.
"Making that trial is what I have wanted to do since I started surfing, now I've done it," he said.
"I have always wanted the chance to compete in such a major event on local turf, to be in the trials and be in front of such a big stage."
Fuller is currently without a major sponsor and hopes a good showing will generate interest in him.