GOOD EVENT: Mitch Coleborn finished eaqual third at the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro at Merewether Beach.
GOOD EVENT: Mitch Coleborn finished eaqual third at the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro at Merewether Beach. Tom Bennett

Coleborn bags rankings points on world qualifying circuit

SURFING: Wurtulla's Mitch Coleborn has finished third in a major Qualifying Series event at Newcastle, securing valuable rankings points early in the season.

The 30-year-old, who has come close to earning a berth on the world Championship Tour on several occasions during the past six years, reached the semi-finals at the 6000-point Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro on Sunday.

It ensured he claimed 3550 points early in his new campaign and moved to fourth in the standings.

The top-10 on the year-ending rankings, not including surfers qualifying in the top-22 of this year's CT, will claim berths in next year's global top tier.

Goofy footer Coleborn edged Brazilian Leanardo Fioravanti 14.23 to 14.04 in the quarter finals of the 144-man draw before falling to eventual winner, Brazil's Yago Dora 12.94 to 12.27.

Coleborn told World Surf League media this week he had taken a more relaxed approach to the season and on Saturday said: "I can't remember any time in the last six months where I have had a surf as fun as that.”

Dora defeated compatriot Jesse Mendes in the final, 18.83 to 9.27.

In the women's Anditi Women's Pro there, France's Johanne Defay beat New Zealand's Paide Hareb 16.73 to 13.63.