Samba guns for Quiksilver spot

TWEED surfer Samba Mann will be trying his best to wrap up the Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) pointscore this weekend in the Queensland Surf Open, the sixth and final round of the competition.

Mann currently leads the competition and needs only a third placing in the semifinals to take the series win and secure a spot in the 2005 Quiksilver Pro trial at Snapper Rocks in March.

The Queensland Open carries $3000 prizemoney and a 20 per cent points bonus, but the WQS surfer said he is not prepared to settle for the points and wants to end the season a winner.

"I'm off to Hawaii soon for the last two WQS events so it would be good to finish with a win, and the $1500 prizemoney would come in handy, too," he said.

Mann who is currently rated about 100th on the WQS circuit, said he would need back-to-back wins in Hawaii to have any chance of breaking into the WCT and stood a better chance with the Quiksilver Pro wildcard trial.

But Mann won't have things all his own way.

Up to 60 surfers are expected to nominate for the two-day event, amongt them Byron Bay and former WCT Surfer Shane Wehner.