Stoyle fights to survive at Hawaii WCT event
DIMITY Stoyle's immediate career will be on the line tomorrow in the tenth and final event of the Women's World Championship Tour in Hawaii.
But her former coach Ian Portingale says Maui's rolling juggernaut of a break could play into the Buderim surfer's hands.
"If there is some good sized surf in the eight to 12 foot range like there was in Fiji, then she is capable of getting to the finals," he said.
"If it is small, perhaps she won't stand out as much."
Stoyle sits on the qualification precipice heading into this weekend's Target Maui Pro in Honolua Bay, lingering in 11th in her rookie WCT season.
She needs to finish in the top 10 to qualify for next year's tour.
"There are quite a few surfers under pressure and Laura Enever (10th) would be feeling Dimity breathing down her neck," Portingale said.
"Any kind of hiccup for anyone and the whole thing can turn on its head."
Stoyle has enjoyed a breakout year on tour with her best finish coming in the Fiji pro where she claimed third, behind Sally Fitzgibbons and Steph Gilmore.
Two ninths and a 13th have followed, pushing the 23-year-old outside the all important top 10.
Portingale said the naturally laid back Stoyle might have to get the claws out to ensure she moves through to the latter stages of competition.
"She needs to be taking the best wave, not the second best wave," he said.
"She surfs well when she is relaxed, but she still needs to use her elbows and get on the best wave."
Fellow Sunshine Coast surfer Keely Andrew remains in contention for a WCT berth in 2015.
To claim a spot, Andrew, who finished ninth in the World Qualification Series, needs Coco Ho (currently 12th in the WCT) to climb into the top 10 and Enever to maintain her top 10 ranking.
If that should happen, Stoyle would likely miss out on next year's WCT.