Super Stoyle poised to break into pro surfing ranks
SURFING: Surfing Australia national coaching director Martin Dunn believes Buderim's Dimity Stoyle is "in great shape" to secure a berth on next year's elite World Championship tour.
Stoyle added to her impressive year to win the ISA World Surfing Games in Panama yesterday.
The victory solidified Stoyle's rise through the sport and put her in the box seat to break into the professional ranks in 2014.
Marginally missing the tour in 2012 and 2013, Dunn said only a stunning fall from grace would keep his young charge from gracing the World Championship Tour next year.
"She's gone close a couple of years now, but this win, along with her win in Newcastle, puts her in great shape to make the tour," he said.
"She's a much more confident surfer now and knows she has the ability to match it with anyone in the world and that confidence comes with less pressure and better decision making."
The 2011 ISA bronze medallist set the platform early in the final, recording a 9.50 on her second wave before conditions worsened.
Her next ride of 3.7 was enough to take victory as her fellow competitors struggled for decent waves throughout the final.
Stoyle said with the tide dropping, she knew she had to pull out all stops early to be a chance at winning the event.
"I got a few waves and the tide was dropping out really low so the rocks started popping out," she said.
"It got a little bit sketchy out there trying to find some waves and I was lucky that I found a few good ones at the start of the heat when there was a little bit more water.
"It is such an honour to be on the Australian team and it means everything to all of us."
The victory tops a stellar year for Stoyle, including a win at Newcastle's Hunter Women's classic where she beat 2012 world No.2 Sally Fitzgibbons in the final.
She scored a fifth place at the Breaka Burleigh Pro in February and then she qualified for the World Championship Tour event on the Gold Coast, the Roxy Pro, where she was unlucky to be knocked out in the second round. Stoyle went down to Tyler Wright by just 0.03 of a point on that occasion.
Dunn said he was ecstatic with Stoyle's determined performance as she pushed the limits in testing conditions at Panama's famed Playa Santa Catalina canal.
"With the waves being so small, there's a lot of hassling that goes on out in the water between the surfers, so to get the win and overcome those sorts of things is a great sign," he said.
Meanwhile, Kingscliffe's Codie Klein put in a hard-fought effort to claim silver with a combined two-wave total of 12.63.
Fellow Australian surfer Russell Malony finished fourth in the men's final, registering a disappointing two-wave total of 6.93.
South Africa's Shaun Joubert won the event with a score of 17.66 in the final.