Noah rides in the fast lane
RAINBOW Beach surfer Noah Lane is set to defend his lead in 2011 QCC rankings this weekend at the Chiko Burleigh Classic.
Lane, now based at Burleigh Heads, hopes his hometown knowledge on the iconic point break will give him the edge over the 80 surfers lined up for the event.
The 22-year-old has decided to surf the Queensland tour and concentrate on studying for his degree in commerce at Griffith University, instead of chasing his dream of landing a spot on the world tour via the world qualifying tour.
He said the expense of the world qualifying tour made it nearly impossible to compete.
“Most of the events are Europe and I can’t afford it,” Lane said.
Yesterday Lane had taken the morning off university to get some practice in a strong Burleigh swell.
“There have been some great waves around the Gold Coast over the last month,” Lane said.
“Hopefully they will hang around for the weekend.”
Lane’s lead in the $32,000 series came after a maiden win in round one of the event.
He said he didn’t perform as well in the second round at Coolangatta.
“I went okay, but I wasn’t on my game,” he said.
Lane said the extra money on offer in the Chiko Series this year was a real bonus.
“I am hoping for a good result this weekend to help pay some bills,” Lane laughed.
But to do that he will have to overcome round two winner Clint Kimmins.
Lane will be joined by fellow Burleigh Heads Board rider Thomas Woods who is the current number-one ranked ASP Australasia Junior Men’s surfer and the defending Burleigh Classic champion.
Three-time Burleigh Heads Board riders Single Fin Classic Champion Kyle Robinson and Hamish Whillans have been granted local wildcard spots and will round out the strong contingent of Burleigh Heads based surfers competing in the event.
Based on competitors’ best three-of-four results, the series’ top two athletes will also get the chance to compete against the world’s best surfers at the 2012 ASP World Tour Quiksilver Pro Trials.
Surfing Queensland Events Manager Adam Yates highlighted the importance of the coming Burleigh Classic is the scheme of this year’s QCC title race.
“There’s only a few hundred points separating the top 10 athletes on the ratings at the moment and with the point scale that’s not much at all, so it’s still anyone’s game,” Yates said.
2011 QCC Ratings:
1. Noah Lane: 1500 points
2. Matt Jones: 1415 points
3. Nick Vasicek: 1310 points
4. Chris Bennetts: 1280 points
5. Corey Ziems: 1230 points