PROMISING: Keely Andrew at the Swatch Pro Trestles earlier this year.
PROMISING: Keely Andrew at the Swatch Pro Trestles earlier this year. Sean Rowland

Andrew locks in world tour spot for 2017

SURFING: The coach of Mooloolaba rider Keely Andrew believes she's going to be much "more devastating” on the world Championship Tour next year, after she re-qualified for the circuit on Sunday.

The 21-year-old finished equal third, with fellow Sunshine Coaster Isabella Nichols, in the Sydney International Women's Pro.

The semi-final appearance in the 6000-point event, which was the last stop on the Qualifying Series this season, assured her a top-six spot in the QS standings.

That will allow her to hold her spot on the CT for next year, after her rookie campaign this year.

"She's without a doubt a CT surfer,” Fluid Performance's Tim Just said.

Andrew is 14th on the CT standings with one event to go, in Hawaii next month.

She's shown plenty of promise during the season, including a quarter finals appearance in California, but is poised to step things up a notch next time around.

"She has fixed a lot of things in her arsenal this year so is going to be even more devastating next year for sure,” Just said.

Andrew locked in her spot on the CT with a stirring performance in Sydney, where she eventually bowed in the last four, to compatriot Philippa Anderson, 9.63 to 9.47.

Coolum Beach's Nichols, who is also mentored by Just, also played a major role.

The reigning world junior champion got to the semi-finals, before exiting to Brazilian Silvana Lima 12.96 to 8.00

The teenager is poised to rocket up the QS standings, from 18th, when calculations are done.

Just does not expect she will have done enough to get on the world tour but said she'll be in with a greater chance in 2017.

"She's finished off this season on a really good foot and if she carries this form into next year she;s going to be really hard to beat,” he said.

"I'm so proud of both of the girls to make it as far as they did (in Sydney).

"They both had stellar performances in a real variety of of conditions and challenging scenarios.”

Andrew was elated to have secured her spot.

"I knew I had to get a pretty solid result here to solidify my position on tour, so to come here and do it feels incredible,” she said.

The event was won by Lima.