Coolangatta pro a washout in NZ
COOLANGATTA surfer Brent Dorrington finished ninth at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in New Zealand yesterday.
Dorrington was defeated by Brazilian William Cardosa in a split contest between Australia and Brazil, who each had three surfers progress to the quarter-finals.
The Australians applied the pressure early with calculated advances by both Tom Whitaker and Adam Melling, who controlled their heats fromthe beginning.
Whitaker, who fell outside of the top 32 surfers halfway through 2010, found himself back contesting the Association of Surfing Professional (ASP) Prime and Star Series events early this year.
“Conditions aren’t totally favourable today,” Whitaker said.
“But one minute prior to a restart in our heat that absolute bomb came in and I had the position on it and got an 8.0 point ride.
“I hate hassling in the four-man heats so I was lucky at the start of the event when it was big. I could go and surf by myself.
“Now it is small it is man-on-man and you just have to sit and wait for the good ones. So far so good.”
Whitaker defeated Frenchman Marc Lacomare, who came back halfway through the heat with a 6.5 point ride putting on the pressure.
“Marc is always going to do that in these little waves,” Whitaker said.
Adam Melling posted a 14-point heat total to overpower fellow Australian Nic Muschcroft (10.90) in the first heat of the round.
“It is good to be down this end of the event, with good points and cash up for grabs. So I am stoked to make it through the last heat,” Melling said.
With only seven heats remaining, and the luxury of two days to complete the Gisborne O’Neill Cold Water Classic, the best possible conditions will be utilised to find an event champion.