Mitch Coleborn sussing the conditions at Surfest
Mitch Coleborn sussing the conditions at Surfest WSL/Dunbar

Coleborn urged to try again for tour

MITCH Coleborn has been urged to launch yet another bid at making the big time after his latest ill-fated campaign.

The goofy footer's quest to qualify for next year's Championship Tour came undone yesterday, when he suffered an early exit in the final Qualifying Series event of the year.

Coleborn needed to make it into the final of the Vans World Cup of Surfing to earn a spot on next year's tour but he could only manage a round two appearance at Hawaii.

It signalled a frustrating end to another frustrating season for the 27-year-old who has spent the past few years travelling the globe trying to turn his potential into a profession.

He came closest in 2013, when he missed out on qualifying for the 2014 tour by just one place on the rankings.

Coach Robbie Sherwell hopes to see his charge give it another go next year.

"I will be encouraging him to go around again," he said.

"I hope he does, I really do, because you know there are so many guys who make it (on to the tour) who aren't as good at surfing as him.

"He's got it all as far as his surfing ability goes."

Sherwell knows what it takes. He competed on the tour and was a top-10 surfer.

He will advise Coleborn to compete in more Qualifying Series events next year, to gain more rankings points.

This year, Coleborn opted not to contest some 6000-point events.

HE still had a chance of qualifying leading into the final two events of the year but successive round-two fade-outs cost him dearly.

Yesterday, he finished third (with a score of 8.54) in a four-man heat, behind Joel Centeio (14.86) and Vasco Ribiero (11.57).

"That place (Sunset Beach) is just ridiculous," Sherwell said.

"It's actually a really horrible place to have a contest, I believe. It's nearly 100 per cent luck."

Sherwell believed the surf was inconsistent there over a large area.

"You're actually sitting out there in (a surf zone the size of) two football fields and you just get lost. Waves don't come through and break in the same place," he said.

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