Jackson Baker bows out in the opening round of the qualifying decision maker | Newcastle Herald


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Jackson Baker’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Championship Tour plummeted when he ran out of a wave in the dying seconds of his first round at the Haleiwa Challenger on Saturday (AEDT). Baker was looking for a good result in the Challenger Series final to keep his place in the top 12 going to CT, but he lost with a third in the round of 64. Effectively sitting 11th in the standings ahead of the event, Baker now relied on the results of other surfers after losing to American Crosby Colapinto (16, 8.67 + 7.33) and Hawaiian Seth Moniz (13.5, 6 + 7.5) with a total of 12.57 (8.1 + 4.47). Baker took to the chase with an 8.1, from a massive crash and air drop, with 17 minutes remaining. He needed a 5.4 to move up to second and progress but failed to make the most of two medium-sized waves. He was hesitant with a 4.17 with 11 minutes left. Baker then waited as a priority three minutes from the end for the right wave before taking off five seconds from the end. He adjusted in three rounds but only won a 4.47 to get out of the contest. It was the third time out of the four CS events that he had been eliminated in his first round. He entered the race with a second place in the Portuguese competition. FRIDAY: Jackson Baker will look to Hawaiian specialist Kekoa Bacalso and two other world-class coaches as he seeks an edge in his quest to qualify for the Championship Tour at the Haleiwa Challenger. The Merewether surfer is effectively 11th in the Challenger Series and in the top 12 to tour the world in 2022, with the last event potentially due to start on Saturday morning (AEDT). Two wins in the heats will likely keep him in the top 12 and make his dream of making the elite circuit a reality. Baker starts in the third round of the round of 64 where he will face Hawaiian surfer Seth Moniz, Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara and a round of 80 qualifier. The 24-year-old has had two first round outings on CS but one. his career best run to the final in Portugal between the two allowed him to qualify. With the support of the Merewether Surfboard Club, Baker benefited from the advice of his teammate and former world number 2 Luke Egan for his CS campaign. He also had the help of Richard “Dog” Marsh, who coaches his teammate and world number 15 Ryan Callinan. Today, Baker learns from team manager Rip Curl and Hawaiian local Kekoa Bacalso, who helped Merewether’s world No.5 Morgan Cibilic qualify in 2019 at the hotbed of surfing. And Baker was trying to soak it all up. “I’ve known him for quite a long time,” Baker said of Bacalso. “I actually call him daddy when we’re on the road, just to give him a bit of a stick.” But we have a really good relationship. He helped Morgan and Matty McGillivray qualify in 2019, so he certainly has a good track record, but his knowledge of everything here from boards to waves to tides is something I’ll definitely take into account. “This is definitely something that a lot of people won’t have. Just having someone like that in your corner certainly helps.” I also work with Richard “Dog” Marsh in Europe, I still speak with him on the phone, and Luke Egan at my house, so I have a lot of knowledge. usually big open face waves from Haleiwa. “I think the wave is suitable for your bigger, stockier guys, which I kind of am,” he said. “It’s a big, solid wave with a lot of moving water. It’s an amazing, world-class wave, but it’s hard work.“ I haven’t had much success before in the Triple Crown. , but every year I scratched the Triple Crown so I never had the best prep. I think I scratched a few good heaters there but nothing big. “I got free surfs [in the lead-up], but just knowing the wave is suitable for your surf and using the right board, I don’t see that there is a problem. “Mentally, Baker regroups after a frustrating outing on the first lap in France, following his success in Portugal. narrow third in the Heat, which was the only double-bench clash of the event. Baker thought he got the score late and admitted he was “quite emotional” after the loss, but said he had ‘reset’ for the final. It was such a big learning curve to go from such a high level to a first round and put my head back in the right place, “he said . “Looking back, I was probably still riding this second lap when I probably should have regrouped.” But that’s a tricky thing. You want to get the positives and the confidence out of the event, but looking back it was probably best to forget about it altogether, but it’s also difficult. “You have all the comments, everyone. Speaking of the last event, you can’t really get away from it so it’s about getting it out of your mind. To have a shot at making it into the top six. Anderson kicks off in the third round against Dimity Stoyle, Mahina Maeda and Freya Prumm. Baum is in the seventh round against Shino Matsuda, Leilani McGonagle and Amuro Tsuzuki. Closer to us, Merewether Surfboard Club will defend their Central NSW title in the Australian regional qualifier Boardriders Battle at Narrabeen on Saturday. Zack McMahon, Mikey Clayton-Brown, Egan, Amelie Bourke and Ollie Ryssenbeek will represent the club. Our reporters are working hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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