Merewether’s Ryan Callinan has been knocked out of the Pro Cascais in Portgual overnight Tuesday (AEST).
The 25-year-old goofy footer fell narrowly short of round five at the World Surf League (WSL) 10,000-point qualifying series (QS) event.
His two-wave combined score of 9.5 wasn’t quite enough to get past heat seven opponents – Hawaii’s Ezekiel Lau (9.97) and Pro Cascais title holder Jesse Mendes (13.33) of Brazil – who both now advance to the last 16.
Heading into competition Callinan’s overall ranking in the WSL QS was 38th with a total of 6950. This consists of his best five results, which includes 17th at the 10,000-point Ballito Pro in South Africa in July (2200) and ninth at 6000-point Surfest in Newcastle in February (1550).
Points and positions from Portugal have yet to be added but a top-10 finish at season end would book Callinan’s return to the WSL championship tour (CT), which he debuted on last year.
There are 10 qualifying series events remaining in 2017, including the 1000-point Phillip Island Pro later this month and a pair of 10,000-point competitions in Hawaii from November 12 to December 6.
Mendes (25,25) has a comfortable lead while US surfer Griffin Colapinto (12,910) is 10th.
Fellow Merewether product Jackson Baker (3470), who is 108th on the qualifying series rankings, was eliminated in the third round at Portugal earlier this week.
In the women’s WSL QS for 2017 Merewether’s Philippa Anderson has seven possible events left, including the proposed season-ending 6000-point Port Stephens Pro from November, to make the championship tour for the first time.
A top-six finish would provide automatic progression next year. Anderson’s best five results this season, including a fifth at the 6000-point Australian Open in Manly in March (2560), have her sitting 10th overall with a total of 8980.
However, a handful of surfers above her on the QS tally also compete on the CT which increases her chances of claiming one of the 17 available spots in 2018.
Elsewhere and all three prominent Novocastrian surfers – Callinan, Baker and Anderson – are expected to be available for next year’s Australian Boardriders Battle final in Newcastle after their Merewether teammates Travis Lynch, Mitchell Ross, Jackson Brent, Luke Hamilton and Maddi Poole took out the North Narrabeen qualifying event at the end of last month.
Meanwhile, seven-time world champion Layne Beachley will officially draw the naming rights sponsor for next year’s Surfest women’s QS 6000-point event at Merewether Surfhouse on October 25.