Young 19 year old Coolangatta surfer Brent Dorrington has defeated a high quality field and will now take his place in the official Quiksilver Pro Trials next March which will see 16 select surfers chasing the wild card positions into the ASP World Championship Tour Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.
“This is an awesome opportunity for me and to line up in the Quiksilver Pro Trials at Snapper Rocks will be amazing. You can only think about surfing against the world’s best and big crowds and perfect waves and it’s sort of scary but that’s still a long way off!”
“The main trials will be super hard, Incredible internationals like Dane Reynolds (USA) and Clay Marzo (Hawaii) will probably surf along with some super Australian surfers that will make it even harder than this event but, I’ll be the local and I’ll definitely have some things going for me!”
Dorrington won a very close final defeating fellow Gold Coaster Jay Thompson in a final that saw the lead change multiple times. Both surfers are in great form at present as they also made the final of last weeks Queensland Championship Circuit event.
For Thompson, the disappointment of not winning could well be short term as there’s a good chance he’ll also take a position in the Quiksilver Pro Trials as Queensland’s highest rated World Qualifying Series surfer. The final field of the trials will be announced shortly.
Dorrington’s position is assured and the powerful developing young surfer now has some added motivation to prepare for the opportunity to surf in one of the worlds biggest events at his own local beach along with going into the 2007 Australasian Pro Junior Season full of confidence and ambition. “No one will know the superbank better than me come next March, that much I can assure you and I’ll be there to give it my best!” he said.
The event ran in tiny waves at just 0.5m but regardless of the size, power surfing stood out with Dorrington and Thompson throwing some relatively massive sprays on their forehand and backhand snaps and the final scores highlighted the outstanding small wave surfing these guys put on with Dorrington on 17.15, Thompson 16.9, Damon Harvey 14.6 and Adler on 12.15 out of a possible 20 on two waves. Harvey and Adler are also Gold Coast surfers.
Sunshine Coast pair Mitch Colborne and Dave Reardon–Smith were the early round standouts scoring consistent excellent rides but both found difficulties finding the right waves in their semi finals to finish the event in 5th and 7th position respectively.