Merewether’s Ryan Callinan bowed out narrowly in round four of the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach in Hawaii on Friday but still finished effectively second on the qualifying series.
Callinan needed a 4.04 with eight minutes of his heat remaining at the 10,000-point QS finale to jump into the lead ahead of countryman and friend Jack Freestone. He was given a 4.03 to leave him third and eliminated on an 8.26 total when Frenchman Joan Duru’s 5.77 put him level with Freestone on top at 8.27.
Freestone exited in the quarter-finals but the narrow win over Callinan effectively gave him enough points to edge out another Australian, Ethan Ewing, for 13th on the QS and the last spot on the championship tour, as it stands, heading into the world title decider, the Pipe Masters.
Callinan was already safely inside the QS top 10 and secure for the 2019 CT. He finished fourth on the standings, which was second when those qualified through the CT, as its stands, are taken into account.
Callinan will now head to the Pipe Masters trials, where he may also gain a wildcard. Three spots are available.
Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau went on to win the Vans World Cup.