JACKSON Baker has made a winning start to his final shot at qualifying series points for 2016 at the Taiwan Open.
The Merewether natural footer claimed his four-man round-two heat ahead of Port Stephens surfer Chris Michalak 12.9 to 12.25 at the 1500-point QS event in Jinzun Harbour. Baker is 119th on the QS and hoping to improve his standing on the series for 2017.
“That was definitely an interesting heat for my first one in Taiwan,” Baker said. “It was really windy and the spray would get in your eyes which made it tough but the rights definitely had a better shape and were really fun when you got the right one. I overall had a slow heat but it feels good to get a win and make it through.”
Meanwhile, Merewether’s Ryan Callinan will likely begin his make-or-break shot at the 10,000-point World Cup qualifying series contest at Hawaii’s Sunset Beach on the weekend.
Callinan was to meet Kiwi Billy Stairmand in a four-man round two heat where he likely needs a result to keep his place on the championship tour for next year. He is ninth on the QS, where the top-10 qualify for the CT, heading into the World Cup.