Covered by a monster tube, Mitchell Coleborn heads for a high score at the Volcom Fiji Pro in June.
Covered by a monster tube, Mitchell Coleborn heads for a high score at the Volcom Fiji Pro in June. Kirstin Scholtzasp

Killer instinct required but Coleborn suited to Hawaii

COOLUM Beach star Julian Wilson says precariously placed Maroochydore surfer Mitchell Coleborn must display the killer instinct if he is to clinch a berth on the World Championship Tour.

Coleborn is teetering in the 10th and final qualifying spot for next year's WCT after a shock round-one exit at a Prime event in Portugal last week.

With three stops remaining - all in Hawaii - the 26-year-old is only just ahead of Maui's Granger Larson, Brazilian Raoni Monteiro and Australian Dion Atkinson.

Wilson, who sits in sixth place in the race for the 2013 world title, believes Coleborn must give it everything he has got during the next month.

"I think in the position that he's in, he has to be hungry for it," Wilson said.

"He can't rest on his laurels.

"He needs another result, so it's just how bad he wants it which will determine whether he will get it.

"I think he definitely surfs well enough to be on tour and I'd like to have him there.

"I have competed with him and against him from a really young age, all through the juniors and the pro juniors, and he's always been a really good competitor.

"I think this year he's put a lot of effort into it and I think it might be his year."

Coleborn put himself into qualifying calculations in May when he won the Quiksilver Saquarema Prime in Brazil.

He was then granted a wildcard into a WCT event in Fiji, where he narrowly lost to 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and finished a credible 13th.

Since then, however, Coleborn has struggled to make a strong impression, leaving him on the brink in Hawaii.

Coleborn will contest a 4-Star event, which starts today, and then two Prime events - the opening legs of the Triple Crown - next month.

Wilson believed the conditions at Oahu should suit the forceful goofy-footer.

"HE'S not the tallest guy, but he's definitely one of the strongest guys so I think Hawaii suits him," he said.

"Hawaii is a little tougher than the rest of the events throughout the year because you come up against a lot of wildcards with a lot of experience there in those big waves, but you never know what the swell will be like and I think he's in a really good position to qualify."

Noosa Heads surfer Dean Brady, who is coming off a second-place finish with his club at the Straddie Assault, believes Coleborn can make the most of the surf at Hawaii.

"He's got a heap of back-foot power, as much as anyone, so when it comes to those powerful waves, his surfing fits it really well," he said.

"Basically, if you're not getting barrelled they (the judges) want to see big power turns or huge airs, which he can do both of. It's definitely not a bad tail-end location for him to come to in that position."

Meanwhile, Coolum Beach teenager Jack Duggan was hopeful of getting his ASP World Junior Championship campaign under way overnight after consecutive lay days.


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