Lane crashes after amazing run
RAINBOW Beach surfer Noah Lane has failed to back up his standout performance at the 2010 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star Breaka Burleigh Pro at the Gold Coast.
Lane created waves last week when he pieced together a polished performance to oust ASP tour regular Taylor Gudauskas with a two wave combined total of 12.84.
Gudauskas missed out on advancing in second place by less than a point.
The breakthrough run, however, didn’t last for Lane in the round of 64 where he finished third and was unable to advance.
The Rainbow Beach surfer finished with 10.83 points, behind second placed Australian Jay Thompson with 12.84 points.
Coming in last was Michael Spencer, of Australia, on 9.76 points.
Australian surfer Taj Burrow prevailed, claiming the series by defeating Josh Kerr (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS) and Dutsy Payne (HAW) in the four-man final.
Before an eager crowd lining the beach, Burrow didn’t leave the result in doubt with a blistering two wave combined total of 17.30 from a possible 20.
Burrow’s opening wave produced a scintillating 9.10 out of a possible 10.
“The whole event has been epic ... the waves were great and it was some of the most high performance surfing I’ve seen,” a thrilled Burrow said.
“There were so many aerials and all the competitors were just going so big. It was awesome to be a part of it.”
Meanwhile, Lane, now based at the Gold Coast, is continuing to train hard and contest numerous events in the hope of achieving his goal of breaking through to be a fixture of the world circuit.