Lane surfs well on final day
RAINBOW Beach surfer and current Queensland champion Noah Lane has finished a credible second in the Chiko Sunshine Coast Pro at Coolum on the weekend.
Lane was taken out in the final by former World Tour force Nathan Hedge.
At 32, Hedge was thought to be a spent force in surfing but has backed up a second in the first round of the Chiko series, the MP Classic at the Gold Coast, two weeks ago with a win.
Hedge formerly of North Narrabeen in Sydney has moved to Buderim to try to rediscover his drive for surfing. His two-wave score of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20) edged out Lane who managed a two-wave total of 14.60.
Fellow MP Classic finalists Oney Anwar of Indonesia (9.37) and Snapper Rock's Jay Phillips (4.80) finished third and fourth respectively.
Lane is still in the hunt to defend his crown and win a share of the $30,000 prize-pool.
Based on competitors' best three-of-four results, the series' top two athletes will once again get the chance to compete against the world's best surfers at the 2012 ASP World Tour Quiksilver Pro Trials.