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Coach backing Stoyle to shine for remainder of 2015

COACH Andy King is backing Buderim's Dimity Stoyle to finish the year in style after her semi-final appearance at Trestles, California.

Friday's result marked the first time the 23-year-old progressed past the second round after a tough year which has her in jeopardy of missing next year's tour.

But her coach King says some major changes to his charge's approach is starting to pay dividends that he believes will see her re-enter the top eight and qualify for 2016.

"She has made a lot of changes this year with her board and equipment and also changed her style of surfing as well," he said.

"She has changed her surfing style to for the tour's criteria so it was always going to be a bit of a transition phase and it was about her getting to that critical part of the wave."

Female surfing has progressed considerably over the past decade to bridge the gap between their male counterparts.

King said Stoyle had been concentrating being more vertical in her approach which was now paying dividends.

"She has pulled her tail in to a narrower tail

which means she is not drifting and sliding as much from the lip," he said.

"She wasn't really surfing critical enough because now the girls are starting to go above the lip.

"She put it together in Trestles and hopefully she gets good swell for the rest of the tour that lets her do her style of surfing."

Stoyle currently sits 14th in the world rankings ahead of this week's Cascais Pro in Portugal.

King said he expected Stoyle to continue her good form and qualify for next year's World Surf League.

"Hopefully she gets a lot of confidence out of it and can turn it around and I don't see why she couldn't make next year's tour," she said.

"The tour needs her and she deserved to be there.

"She is such a character and such a great representative of Australian surfing.

"Just a classic Aussie who loves her sport."



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