Coach confident Stoyle will kick on in 2015
ROOKIE phenomenon Dimity Stoyle is set to emerge as a star on the world stage in the final stretch of her maiden World Championship Tour campaign.
The 22-year-old Buderim surfer is locked in a battle to stay on the tour next year but her Gold Coast-based coach Andy King believes eighth-placed Stoyle is a lock to requalify.
"I would be very surprised if she doesn't win at least one event this year," King said.
"The way she has come on to the scene is just phenomenal and you can really see she has that comfort level at this level.
"She's had some great results already this year but I would expect more of them in these next few events."
Stoyle lives on the Sunshine Coast and trains on the Gold Coast with King and the rest of Surfing Australia's high performance squad during breaks from the tour, which today stops in California for the Swatch Women's Pro and Hurley Pro at Trestles.
She has drawn Hawaiians Malia Manuel and Alessa Quizon in the opening heat of the WCT's seventh stop and needs a strong performance to requalify for next year's tour with a top-10 finish.
With 23,350 combined points this season, Stoyle sits just above the 10th-place logjam of Coco Ho, Nikki Van Dijk, Johanne Defay and Courtney Conlogue (all 18,950 points) and 3550 points behind sixth-placed Lakey Peterson.
With 10,000 points on offer to the winner of the remaining four events, Stoyle's place in the top 10 is hardly a lock but she can give herself some breathing room with a breakthrough tour win.
King rates Stoyle as a decent chance at this week's event in California.
BUT he believes her strongest showings could come in the Roxy Pro France (September 23) and the Cascais Women's Pro in Portugal (October 1).
"She's shown she her versatility already," he said.
"Where on the Sunshine Coast are you going to get to surf on a left-hand reef break like the one at Fiji (where Stoyle made the semi-final)? But those conditions in Europe should really suit her because they can be quite similar to what you guys have up there."
In the men's event, which is also scheduled to begin today, Coolum's Julian Wilson is trying to get his 2014 campaign off the ground after a start riddled by third round finishes.
The 25-year-old will look to build on his semi-final appearance at Bells Beach earlier this year and snap his streak of four events without passing the third round. He faces Owen Wright and Alejo Muniz in the first round.