Lennox Head surfer is looking good
By ADRIAN MILLER LENNOX Head??s Anthony Walsh is on track to compete in surfing??s World Championship Tour in Tahiti after he progressed to the third round of the Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Trials yesterday.
Walsh led the field of 96 trialists, comprising mainly outer reef surfing specialists from?? Hawaii, ??Australia, Japan, Brazil, France and Tahiti, in clean one-and-a-half-metre waves.
Walsh is a big wave-seeking regular who forgoes World Qualifying Series events to compete the trials in Tahiti.
A solid goofy-footer who is right at home in the tube, he reached the quarter-finals last year and is on target to repeat the performance.
??It was a little bit difficult in my second heat because the light onshore came in and it started to wreak havoc in the barrel,?? he said.
??You just had to wait for the right ones and when they came along they were still pretty good.
??When it??s like this it is really fun, but when it hits that 8-10ft (3m-3.5m) it is definitely one of the heaviest waves in the world.
??It is the kind of place that really makes you pay for your mistakes.??
In the third round, 24-year-old Walsh will surf against Fabrice Gelez (France) along with Raiponi Pua (Tahiti) and Heimoana Zaveroni (Tahiti).
The surfers are competing for two prized wildcard positions into the Billabong Pro starting on May 4.
The trials will be completed this weekend with 4m-plus surf expected for the final days.