Trying hard to catch
a breeze at HaleiwaSOME huge 15-foot-plus Hawaiian surf was on offer for the start of the six-star WQS OP Pro at Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu before the swell flattened out on Monday.
There were seven Gold Coast surfers left in the event at the time of going to press. Bede Durbidge, Occy, Luke Munro, Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr were battling it out in the round of 64, and Mick Fanning and Dean Morrison through to the round of 32.
While Kelly Slater is still celebrating his seventh world title and will surf in the last World Championship Tour event of the year, the Rip Curl Pipeline Masters, his nemesis and runner-up rival Andy Irons was going all-out to win the Hawaiian Triple Crown.
Before the event went on hold after three rounds, Currumbin's Corey Ziems, Burleigh's Jay Thompson and Snapper's Shaun Gossman all bowed out, but not before impressing in the big stuff, with all three Gold Coasters placing equal 33rd.
Luke Munro, who is currently rated 31st in the World Qualifying Series, has the best chance of qualifying for next year's ASP World Championship Tour.
In the round of 96, he was the second-highest scorer over the best two waves, posting a 9.10 ride and a 8.33, a combined two-wave score of 17.43 out of 20 or an 87.15 per cent performance.
Munro is a member of the Alley Boardriders, and would have been buoyed by the Alley's super-impressive runner-up at the Globe Pro Junior Teams Challenge at Burleigh Point on the weekend.
Snapper's Dean Morrison was also through to the round of 32, but standing in everyone's way was Andy Irons, hell-bent on winning the Triple Crown.
HERE's the end of the year surfing calendar to put you in the picture.
November 25-December 6 ? OP Pro six-star WQS at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
November 26 ? Quiksilver Australian Grommet titles at Tasmania, winners of the u/18 boys and girls and u/16 boys will represent Australia in next year's world ISA titles. Minor places from second to fourth will be selected from the Surfing Australia National panel.
December 3 ? Wahoo's Fish Taco Micro Grom comp for first timers from u/16 boys to u/10s and girls u/12 to u/10 to be held on the Gold Coast. Call Surfing QLD on (07) 5520 1165 for entries.
December 8-20 ? the final men's WCT, the Rip Curl Pipeline Masters at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.
December 8-20 ? the final WCT women's, Billabong Pro at Honolua Bay, Hawaii. Tweed's Chelsea Georgeson leads the ratings and is in the box seat for a world title.
December 10-11 ? The Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day ? 61 locations Australian-wide including Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh, Currumbin and Coolangatta. Check the Surfing Australia website to enter.
December 10 ? Billabong Qld Open, the final QCC event hosted by Surfing Qld on the Gold Coast.
December 12 ? Final Rip Curl Grom Search on the Gold Coast.
December 17 ? Quiksilver Pro trials to decide first and second to qualify for the 12-man trials into next year's Quiksilver Pro in March at Snapper Rocks.
December 31 ? FCS show us your fins on the Gold Coast.
January 14 ? Surfing Qld awards night at Twin Towns. Call 55201165 to book.