Morrison shoots for Quiksilver
FORMER ASP World Tour surfer Dean Morrison could make a shock entry to the Quiksilver Pro despite announcing earlier this month that he wouldn’t be competing.
Morrison, 30, will have to win the trials on Friday to enter the 36-man draw for the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks in March.
“I’m so happy,” Morrison said.
“Hopefully the waves are fun and the other competitors don’t blow me out of the water too much. I’m a little nervous.”
Tweed Daily News surf columnist Andrew MacKinnon said Morrison could be dangerous if the waves were pumping.
“It’s the wave he excels in,” MacKinnon said.
“But the thing that’s a bit of a worry is that there’s no sand at Snapper at the moment, which means the wave is a bit fat and slow.
“That won’t be an advantage for Dean. If the bank is in poor shape, it will give the young guys a better chance.
“It’s predominantly a young field and Dean will be somewhat of a veteran but that won’t necessarily be a disadvantage because he has the experience.”
MacKinnon believes Morrison’s heat win at the Kirra Teams Challenge at the weekend should give him some extra confidence going into the trials on Friday.
“His win at the Kirra Teams will boost his steam but he’s got a lot of work to do,” MacKinnon said.
Morrison won’t have an easy path through the trials because the field is stacked with talent.
Tom Whittaker, who also dropped off the World Tour last year, will be a major threat, along with Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club champion Jay Phillips.
Livewire French surfer Marc Lacomare will enter the trials confident after winning a junior world tour event at North Narrabeen recently. He will be joined by his countryman and 2010 junior world champion Maxime Huscenot.
A young Gold Coast crew consisting of Thomas Woods, Mitch Crews, Corey Ziems and Noah Lane rounds out the trials field.
If Morrison wins the trial he will come up against ASP number one Kelly Slater in the first round. Morrison beat Slater in one of the biggest wins of his career in heat three of the Quiksilver Pro in 2003.
If he wins the trial, the “Cooly Kids” will be re-united.
The Coolangatta Kids trio includes Morrison, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, who set the ASP World Tour alight more than a decade ago.
If Morrison fails to make the Pro, the trio will be reduced to a duo for the first time in the 11 years that the Pro has been held at the Gold Coast.
The Roxy Pro trials will be staged in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro trials.
They will also include the sister act of Sarah and Airini Mason, of Cabarita Beach, plus Rosy Hodge (South Africa), Bianca Buitendag (South Africa) and Felicity Palmateer (WA).