McClean ready to strike
BURLEIGH’S No.1 ranked Australian bodyboarder Corey McClean is chomping at the bit to hit the water in the final leg of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour at Duranbah today.
After 10 months of competition through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia the men’s title race is coming down to three distinct contenders – McClean, Maroochydore’s Jake Stone and defending tour champion Dave Winchester.
The current ratings leader after placing highly in most of the events on the tour, including a win in the EBB Pro in Western Australia, McClean is out to finish the season on a high at his break.
“Game on,” he said.
“This is my home break so I will feel pretty comfortable out there, but Dave Winchester and Jake Stone are awesome competitors.
“I will just have to take it heat by heat, but I would love to win the tour on home turf in front of my friends and family.”
Seeded through to round two, McClean has so far been forced to watch all the action from the shore, but gets his chance today to show local fans why he is number one.
It was 1996 when the last bodyboarding national titles were held at the world-famous break, and the rest of Australia’s best didn’t disappoint in yesterday’s 3-4ft swell, throwing all on the line for national glory.
Max Arent (Northern Beaches) was the most impressive on day four yesterday, putting together a stellar performance in his opening heat to quash two-time world champion Damian King (Port Macquarie), Ewan Donachie (Northern Beaches) and Jordan Putland (Currumbin).
Arent’s two-wave combination of 16.14 moved him through to round two, along with the seasoned King, who did just enough to progress through in second with a 12.47.
“I worked myself up before that heat; I got two early waves and that gave me the lead I needed,” Arent said. “I am really enjoying the tour this year, and it is great that all of the top guys are doing it and ripping, which is making it really competitive.”
However the highest single-wave score of the heat thus far went to Central Coaster Shaun Peterson, who set the pace early with a massive “air roll spin” combination that bagged a near-perfect 9.73 average from the judges.
The action returns to the water this morning from 7am, with the finals to be run all day tomorrow.