Mitch Coleborn pulls off a major upset win over Kelly Slater.
Mitch Coleborn pulls off a major upset win over Kelly Slater. Contributed

Coleborn edging closer to dream

SUNSHINE Coast surf guru Robbie Sherwell is confident his charge Mitch Coleborn is "just one or two" good results away from securing a place on next year's World Surf League tour.

Coleborn is ranked 18th in the Qualifying Standings at present. The top 10 earn a place on the top tour in 2016. Four of those surfers among the top 18 are inside the WSL top 22, exempting them from the QS, meaning Coleborn sits 14th overall.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a consistent year and will look to ramp things up in the coming months at several 10,000 point events.

Sherwell said some good results at those QS stops would go a long way to earning Coleborn a spot on next year's elite tour.

"He's on 12,000 points and needs about 17,000 to get on tour," Sherwell said.

"That equates to a semi-final or a couple of quarter-finals, so if he gets a good result he will be very close."

Coleborn recently married his long-term girlfriend, something Sherwell believes has had a positive effect on his surfing.

"He has never been happier," Sherwell said.

"He was unlucky at the US Open, but was still happy even though he lost, which means he is in a good place."

Coleborn came agonisingly close to getting on last year's elite tour, missing out by just one place.

Almost realising his dream played on the Wurtulla's surfer's mind for much of the year and frustration brought a swag of ordinary results.

But that baggage is long gone. The Coast shredder has returned this year free from the disappointment of 2013.

"He is going really well, but has been a bit unlucky with Mother Nature," Sherwell said.

"Everything will depend on the conditions of the day and he just needs to be patient."

Coleborn is currently filming in the US and will be back in the water to contest the Sata Azores Pro in Portugal next month.

"A lot of the pro surfers can't believe that he is not on the tour and he is rated very highly," Sherwell said.

"I am confident he can get on the tour next year, but I have been saying that for two or three years now."

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