Low-lifes fail to stop Mitch
MITCH Coleborn may have shown he'll be the man to beat on the 2007 junior tour after taking out the Billabong Pro Junior Series at Macauleys on Sunday but only now can it be revealed just difficult he found it to stay focused.
Coleborn made a surfing stop-over at Duranbah on the Gold Coast en route to Coffs Harbour and returned from the water to discover his new Holden Commodore loaded with his quiver of eight boards, computer, wallet, phone and tournament equipment, had been stolen.
"I came back to where the key was and had a look around the bush but couldn't find it," he told Surfing Australia.
Included in the loss was the surfboard he rode to win at Point Cartwright on February 11.
"I can always get the car back through insurance but a board like that is a once-in-a-while," Coleborn said.
Riding boards borrowed from world tour surfer Dean Morrison, Coleborn pushed disappointment from his mind and rode to a second straight tournament victory.
The powerful goofy-footer defeated 16-year-old Brazilian dynamo Alejo Muniz in ideal three to four-feet beach breaks, an early lead setting up the emphatic win.
The 20-year-old from Maroochydore blasted an 8.75 ride on his opening wave to lead from the outset in the 25-minute clash before backing up with a 6.10 late in the heat.
His young Brazilian opponent fired back with a 6.25 at the mid-way point to shoot into contention.
Requiring an 8.36 to snatch victory, Muniz made a last ditch attempt but fell short with a 5.40.
"At the start of last week I knew I needed to get some good results because I had a shocker on the Gold Coast in the second event," Coleborn said.
"It's pretty sick, I'm just trying to get my head around it at the moment.
"It was a stressful heat because at the start I got that one good score but I feel like I blew a couple of good waves as well. I was just hoping he didn't get that score on his last ride and he didn't."
The victory lifted him to the number one spot on the ASP Australasian Junior Series ratings after leader Jayke Sharpe bowed out in round four.
Coleborn is at the helm on 6589 points, Beau Atchison (Copacabana) is in second on 6428 and Sharpe is now in third spot on 6287.
"I was really confident coming into this event, I feel like I have been surfing pretty good lately," the new series leader said of his current form.
"It happened to me all last year where I just needed to go one spot better or get through one more heat to take the lead and I have always wanted to top the leaders board."
"It's been an up and down week with my car being stolen so I just put that out of the road, I knew I had a job to do down here so I just put my head down and did it. I've still got the same pair of shorts I have had on since Wednesday, they are getting pretty smelly."
Talented Nambucca surfer Heath Joske fell devastatingly short of his first Pro Junior final after losing out to Brazilian Muniz in the semi. Joske was the lone remaining local hope in the event after Coffs Harbour resident Otis Carey bowed out in round five to secure an equal ninth finish.
"I'm a little bit disappointed but still happy with the result," Joske said.
"It's starting to get a bit annoying finishing in third, I think it has happened four or five times now but I had a good contest and I'm still content.
"It's good to be the top local because there is so many of them at the moment with Jayke Sharpe, Otis Carey and Madison Williams all doing really well.
"There are a lot of good locals coming out of this region and it is good to be one of them, we all push each other a lot."