Kirra man makes the cut
CURUMBIN'S Corey Ziems has won the Surfing Queensland 2010 QCC title with a runner-up place in the last event at Coolum.
The 27-year-old from the Kirra Surfriders club will line up at next year's Quiksilver Trials at Snapper Rocks.
Burleigh's Thomas Woods, who was in the running for the QCC title, was defeated by Ziems in the semis at Coolum but finished second on the ratings and will join Corey at Snapper for a chance to qualify for the 2011ASP Tour opener.
Woods, a former South African now surfing for the Burleigh Boardriders club, has had a phenomenal year winning the Burleigh single fin event, competing for Australia in the WISA juniors in NZ where he was instrumental in assisting Australia win the world team event and then scoring his first open men's win at the Burleigh Hinterland Toyota Classic QCC.
Sunshine Coast surfing dynamo, Coolum's Julian Wilson, is back to his best easily winning the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro defeating USA's Nat Young in a one sided affair.
Wilson's forehand style was naturally suited to the long winding right hand point sand break which he said was similar to his home point breaks of Noosa.
The brilliant Californian goofyfoot was in exceptional form but was totally outsurfed on his backhand in the final.
Wilson has been recovering from a recurring ankle injury which saw him forfeit a wildcard into this year's Snapper WCT event. His impressive return to form at Aragum Bay will gain some valuable points but Julian will need to win more six-stars to qualify in next year's ASP World Tour based on the top 20 ASP incumbents and the top 12 from the qualifying ranks for the 2011 ASP Dream Tour top 32.
Well done to the Kingscliff Boardriders winning the Ransom Tag Team junior club competition on their home break from the Lennox Ballina (LeBa) boardriders. LeBa were the dominant club going into the final after beating Kingscliff in the semis with Kingscliff then defeating Tweed rival club Caba in a sudden death surf-off for the final. Kingy then overturned the tables against LeBa in the finals.
The Kingscliff team was Mitchell James, Sam Rahnate, Robbie Richard, Daniel Still and Coby Myerscough.
The previous weekend Burleigh Boardriders junior team won the Qld Ransom Junior Tag Team from the Snapper Surfriders club held at Kirra Beachbreaks. The Alley and Kirra shared equal third. Burleigh's Thomas Woods was voted best and fairest.
The winning Burleigh team included Thomas Woods, Hamish Whillans, Sam Robinson, Jed Denison and Josh Hyland.
Tweed's Dane Pioli created an upset by taking out the NSW Longboard titles at Diggers Beach, Coffs Harbour and in doing so, knocked off ASP World Longboard champion Harley Ingleby, both will qualify for the Aussies at Port McQuarie in August.
The world's best grommets will be turning up this weekend for the annual Billabong Occy Grom comp July 3–7 and the 1999 ASP World champion, arguably the King of the grommets, Mark Occhilupo, will be there to join them.
The swell forecast is favourable for the national and international u12 to u16 competitors. A rising swell is predicted from Sunday ensuring excellent waves for the midweek finals.