AT LAST: Aussie Kai Otton won his first world pro tour event in Peniche, Portugal this week.
AT LAST: Aussie Kai Otton won his first world pro tour event in Peniche, Portugal this week. Contributed

Otton puts best foot forward to win first world tour event

KAI Otton won his first World Championship Tour event in Portugal this week, defeating fellow goofyfooter Nat Young in the final.

At last the goofies (right foot forward) are getting some traction in WCT events with three now in the top 10 going into the final event for this year's title at Pipeline (Hawaii).

New South Welshman Otton is at No.7 after his victory at Peniche with runner-up Young (US) at No.9 and CJ Hopgood (US) at No.10.

And Ace Buchan (AUS) is at No.15 after appearing briefly in the top 10 following his victory in Tahiti.

Good news for those surfers who prefer to go left, with world titles now a distant memory for the goofies.

Hopgood was the last to take a world crown, and that was in the shortened 2001 season.

Australia's Mark "Occy'' Occhilupo was the last goofie to take a full-blown title and that was way back in 1999.

Local surf conditions

ON the home front there are a few waves this weekend - yippee - and there is also the promise of a bit of rain.

It won't be anything special on both counts, but the way it has been for the last month or two anything is welcome.

The beachbreaks will be the go although the wind could be a factor. So keep your eye on the wind and tides and you should score a wave or two.

Sunshine Coast fun in the sun

DOWN on the Sunny Coast there will be a few small waves too and the Caloundra Malibu Club is holding their annual Fun in the Sun Team Surfing Challenge.

A few of the Caloundra boys and girls have links with The Discovery Coast and are regular visitors to the Reef2Beach Longboard Classic.

Caloundra club champions Pat O'Leary and Katherine Hughes are regular competitors in Agnes Water and both have won titles at past Reef2Beach Classics.

Queensland Junior Titles

THE Queensland Junior Titles wrapped up on the Gold Coast last weekend with a couple of familiar names featuring.

Jagger Bartholomew (Snapper) won the under-14s and Kai Hing (Wurtulla) the under-16s.

Of course young Jagger's old man is former world champ Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew and Kai's dad Al is Mr Beachbeat in Caloundra and a good pal of none other than Kelly Slater.

Kai grew up sharing the odd wave with the 11-time world champ whenever he was in Australia.



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