NEWCASTLE’S Jade “Red” Wheatley repeated his 2016 effort at the world adaptive surfing titles with a semi-finals exit on Sunday at La Jolla, California.
Wheatley, a double leg amputee, was competing in the International Surfing Association event for the third consecutive year.
He won his stand/kneel division two round-one heat with a two-wave total 9.27 and was second in round two to make the quarter-finals, where he was first with 6.64. He was last in his three-man semi-final with a 3.17.
Meanwhile, Merewether’s Jackson Baker finished a personal-best 105th on the World Surf League qualifying series on Sunday after the season-ending World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.
Baker came through under pressure on late waves in rounds one and two at the 10,000-point QS event but bowed out on Saturday morning (AEDT).
In a stacked round-three heat, Baker (7.67) was last behind championship tour rookie Ethan Ewing (16.03), QS champion Griffin Colapinto (15.03) and CT surfer Connor O'Leary (13.36). Avoca’s Wade Carmichael was third at the event to book his place on the 2018 CT.