Troy, Bede move on to tour spot

LOCALS Chippa Wilson, Joel Ford, Sam Ford and Brittani Wilson warm for the 9th Rip Curl into Summer Junior Challenge.
LOCALS Chippa Wilson, Joel Ford, Sam Ford and Brittani Wilson warm for the 9th Rip Curl into Summer Junior Challenge.

GOLD Coast WQS campaigners Troy Brooks and Bede Durbidge are a step closer to qualifying for next year's ASP WCT after both reaching the quarter-finals of the Onbongo Pro, a six-star WQS event held at Florianopolis, Brazil, and won by seasoned WCT performer Richie Lovett of Manly, Sydney.

Last year Brooks finished just one place off the WCT mark.

First cab off the rank Shea Lopez filled the 2004 WCT spot when Shea came to grief at the Hawaiian Pipeline during last years final WCT event and hasn't been able to compete in 2004.

Brooko moved to the Gold Coast last year to be closer to his surfboard shaper Murray Burton, of Pipedream.

Currently Troy is in 29th on the WCT although is a WCT certainty via the WQS and after the Onbongo Pro WQS, Brooko has moved from eight into seventh on the WQS ratings.

Next years WCT tour is made up of the top 28 WCT and the top 16 of the WQS.

Meanwhile the equally affable Bede Durbidge, of North Stradbroke Island, who also moved to the Goldie to be closer to his sponsors Mount Woodgee surfboards, and Billabong, has slipped from tenth to 11th but is still a big chance and is within the top 16 cut-off which can extend to 20th re the overlaps of existing WCT pros competing on the WQS.

There are now two six-star WQS events left for the year and both in Hawaii, the Van Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa and the Oneil at Sunset Beach.

Bede's Currumbin trainer Chris Dunne told Surf Scene that Durbidge is ready for the Hawaiian countdown and the extra training has helped build up his fitness and power, "Bede is in top shape and his powerful style will be well suited for the Hawaiian waves".

Next years WCT tour could see a record number of local pro surfers vying for a world title with Joel Parkinson, Luke Egan, Occy, Dean Morrison and Mick Fanning - add Brooko and Bede and it's the magnificent sev- en.


THE second last ASP WCT event of the year, the Nova Schin is underway at Florianopolis, Brazil. Picking the winner will be as hard as winning the Melbourne Cup.

Of course, everyone in Australia will be going for Joel Parkinson and hoping that the two times world champ Hawaii's Andy Irons doesn't reach the semi's to keep Joel's world title dream alive for the final Hawaiian act, the Rip Curl Pro in December at Pipe.

World Professional Junior Champion Adrianno de Souza of Brazil has been granted a wildcard to the Nova Schin and could prove to be the hungry cat thrown in to ruffle quite few WCT pigeons.

The Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big wave specialty event is planned for the start of December at Waimea Bay.

The one day invitational featuring Andy Irons and his brother Bruce plus Kelly Slater will only be held if the surf measures over 20?feet with (40 feet faces).

Former winner Ross Clarke Jones who has just recently released his big wave movie, "The Sixth Element" will be lining up again to take the drop at the Bay with a mad smile on his face.


MNM (Miami/Nobby's/Mermaid) boardriders will be having their end of the year presentation and Christmas party on November 27, to be held at Polesy Physically Inclined Gym.


THE final XXXX Surfing Queensland Open is on this weekend more than likely at Duranbah beach and will determine who takes out this year's coveted QCC title and a wildcard entry for the next years Quiksilver trials.