Stu's time to shine
LENNOX Head surfer Stu Kennedy is walking the tightrope in his quest of making his debut on the World Championship Tour next year.
Kennedy has been surfing in the Qualifying Series with the top 10 finishers being bumped up to the elite tour in 2016.
There are two more events in Hawaii with Kennedy currently 15th on overall rankings.
He was higher up on points before a first round elimination in the Sao Paulo Open last week.
Kennedy has been surfing in the WQS for a number of years with Lennox Head's Adam Melling also fighting it out in QS events this year.
Melling is one of the surfers on the WCT ranked below 22nd who is trying to gain points through the QS events to requalify.
The pair has surfed together on the North Coast for years in the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders club.
Three-time world champion Mick Fanning and Owen Wright were also once members of Le-Ba.
Fanning is currently leading the WCT while Wright is fifth with only the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii to come.
Meanwhile, Kennedy could surf in the new Australasian QS event when the Carve Pro is held in Sydney next year.
There would be 144 of Australia's and the world's most promising make and female surfers competing.
"It's a step in the right direction for the future of Australian pro surfing," Kennedy said.
"Hopefully its success pushes other brands to put back into Australian surfing.
"It should get a lot of great Australian underdogs and high profile surfers competing against a bunch of internationals.
"I can't wait to see it all go down."
There will also be an event at Cabarita with the Tweed Coast Pro in February.