Lovelock gains plenty out of loss
DALE Lovelock crashed out of the Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro in South Australia yesterday but the Wurtulla surfer won't be dissatisfied with a ninth-place finish at the ASP 6-Star event.
It is arguably the best result of his career.
After producing a gritty run through the 96-man field, Lovelock was finally unhitched by compatriot Perth Standlick in the round of 16, losing 15.90 points to 8.76 points.
It was the second time during the event that Lovelock was beaten by Standlick.
He was edged by a point in the previous round but did enough to progress on that occasion.
Despite his elimination, the result is sure to propel Lovelock further up the ASP world rankings.
Before this event he was pushing into the world's top 500.
American Kolohe Andino claimed victory on the remote beaches of Kangaroo Island, defeating New Zealand's Jay Quinn in one-metre blustery waves at Vivonne Bay.
Andino entered the Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro as the number one seed, with his eyes firmly set on qualifying for the ASP World Series next year.
After winning his third consecutive ASP 6-Star event, Andino sits 24th on the ASP One World Rankings.
"It feels kind of surreal right now," Andino said after his outstanding win.