But, it was wildcard Kirra Pinkerton who lived up to the position and eliminated Anderson’s travel partner, and former CT competitor Paige Hareb. The 14-year-old picked apart the Drill Hall Beach lineup in her debut heat with a last-minute 8.30 to advance under an in-form Brisa Hennessy and continued to show her competitive prowess against some of the world’s best.
“That was really sketch after seeing Brisa [Hennessy] get the second wave of the set and I just paddled out hoping there was another one,” Pinkerton said. “When it came I knew I just had to surf it to its potential. I’m really comfortable on my backhand after working with Jimmy Hogan and he’s been helping a lot with my bottom-to-top turns out here — along with where to sit in the lineup so it’s really great.”
“It feels so good to start off the year with a win after feeling a lot of nerves at the end of last year so this is amazing,” Tuach said. “It was great to surf my way through some rounds and I had a lot of confidence going into that final already having a few heats under my belt. I felt like I was in a good rhythm with a good game plan and it all fell into place, just like old times.””I’ll stay in California for awhile and get some training in while working on some boards with Michael Barron before heading over to Australia for those QS6,000’s,” Tuach continued. “I’ll be working on my technique more than anything — no heat strategy, nothing like that, just get my form really dialed in. I’m feeling fresh again for those events which feels great and can’t wait to get the year really off and running.
Swell on the way! Contest on Hold til 12:45 Surfline calling for swell to pick up to 6-8ft. Round 3 should be fun to watch. Top 8 on the leader board of Women all in the Quarter Finals fire work to come.
Let The Games Begin, as the warm up get hot Julian Wilson Fly’s high based on the highest level of surf performance. Chelsea Tuach Snap’s in the pocket, John John Florence destroys the lip,He is known as “one of the most dominant Pipe surfers of his era” and for his tube riding and aerial abilities. Michel Bourez carves from top to bottom Go big or go home style. Stuart Kennedy backside attack and he shocked the world at the Quiksilver Pro with their secret weapon: The Slater Designs model, via Firewire. Adam Melling ever remind you of Mick Fanning with his lighting fast moves. Nat Young from Santa Cruz, Califiornia is right at home in the beach break in Rio, world-ranked #9 and ASP Rookie of the Year in 2013. This is just some of the photo from today.
Coaches on the World Tour
I am often asked by my competition level clients at JimHoganSurfing.com camp and professional coaching classes: “When is the best time to hold back, and when is the best time to put your foot on the gas and give it all you’ve got?” My advice to them is: Never go half way! In the first rounds, you should always be ready to push it to the next level and to play your cards right until you reach the quarterfinals. When you reach the quarterfinals — which is where you finally see the word “finals” — you must treat every heat as if it were a final. I have discovered that the competitor who goes all out and gets the highest score of the quarterfinal heats is more than likely the competitor who will win the event.
Trending Up to the Winners Circle
It’s all about MOMENTUM. Building momentum in the early heats is the power that will propel you out of the elimination rounds and to the head of the pack. Your scores must keep climbing every heat. Don’t worry so much about points. Instead, focus on improving your previous score and the points will naturally follow. For example, in all of the first three men’s events this year during the Australian leg of the CT and in two of the three events in the women’s divisions the surfers with the highest score of all the quarterfinal competitors came second in the finals. I know what you’re asking yourself: Why didn’t they win? The crucial factor is ‘FOCUS’
Reset for the Finals
Once you begin to move into those final rounds you have to have laser-like focus on what it takes to win. Make every move count. Make every wave choice count. The nearer you get to the top, the narrower the margin for error. Focus breeds composure. Composure breeds the will to win. The will to win allows you to take the calculated risks that will bring you the crown. (I’ll discuss risk versus reward in a coming blog). To sum up: your most important assets are momentum and focus. Momentum builds the points needed to attract the judges’ attention; focus will help propel you to the Winner’s Circle.
I am Jim Hogan, from Jim Hogan Surfing and Professional Coaching and I will be bringing you more important tips from the CT World circuit throughout the year.