The Sunshine Coast’s Lachlan Cramsie.
The Sunshine Coast’s Lachlan Cramsie. Warren Lynam

World tour rookie banks on some swell

BODYBOARDING: Coast teen Lachlan Cramsie hopes a strong swell hits the Gold Coast this morning in time for the Duranbah Pro's final round.

Having stormed into today's final with a strong performance on Friday, the Mountain Creek 19-year-old believes he will need a hand from Mother Nature to progress to the semis.

"Hopefully, the swell picks up a little bit and the waves pick up, because that would suit me," he said.

"We've got some really good guys here, so any advantage you can get is massive."

Some of the world's top body

boarders are at the event but the IBA World Tour rookie, coming off a seventh in his world tour debut in Hawaii last month, believes local conditions will suit his style and he can cause an upset.

He is going up against a field that includes three-time world champion Ben Player and Japanese small wave specialist Hayato Eno-kido.

The latter made the most of the small conditions in Friday's heats, putting on a masterful display of inverted manoeuvres to score a near-perfect combined wave score of 17.17 out of 20.

Player has progressed to the final without breaking a sweat and will again be the one to beat when surfing resumes today.

Swells coming from the south are expected to put the conditions in Cramsie's favour.

"There are a lot of really good bodyboarders here, so if I could finish in the semi-final or the final that would be huge," Cramsie said.

"My goal is to make it through to the semi-finals, but hopefully I can make it through to the final and just see how it goes from there."

A strong performance on the Gold Coast would be a huge boost for Cramsie's professional campaign, which is funded by sponsorship and savings from his work as a part-time lifesaver at Maroochydore.

This weekend is the first of four events on the Australian Bodyboarding Association tour, which Cramsie won last year to ensure his place in the professional tour this season.

He can qualify for next year's professional tour again through the ABA route but wants to do it through the alternative path, proving his place on the tour and finishing among the automatic qualifiers in the world's top 16.

"I'm really keen to keep doing this as long as I can and a good performance down here would give me a lot of momentum," he said.

- JOE FLYNN



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