Relaxed Coleborn has fun at Cloudbreak
MITCH Coleborn originally declined entry to the Fiji Pro as a wildcard but changed his mind.
It was a good decision because he won his opening round heat at Cloudbreak yesterday.
Coleborn finally packed his bags after officials informed him that the contest would be put on hold for two days due to lack of swell.
That gave him just enough time to make the two-day trip to Fiji from Indonesia, where he was free surfing.
"I wasn't able to make it here for the first day but once I knew they were not going to run the first two days, I knew it was a possibility," he said.
"I bailed from Indo and it was a couple days' travel but I got here in time and I am stoked.
"I knew I had to do everything to get here."
Coleborn is the second reserve for the WCT after finishing two spots shy of gaining a place on this year's world tour.
The 27-year-old surfed out of his skin in the choppy Cloudbreak line-up to down world No.2 Taj Burrow and 24th ranked Adrian Buchan.
Wurtulla's best surfer won convincingly to score a two-wave total of 12.96 to beat Buchan (10.23) and Burrow (9.83).
Coleborn has a good rapport with the famed reef break, having beaten 11-time world champion Kelly Slater there as a wildcard in 2012.
"First round at Cloudbreak has been good to me so far," he said.
"It is such a fun wave and I feel at home out here.
"I try not to think about the contest too much...I let loose on a couple of carves."
Fellow Coast surfer Julian Wilson was just as devastating in winning his opening round heat against Bede Durbidge and Jadson Andre.
Wilson locked in a 7.50 and 6.50 in the first 10 minutes of the heat to notch a score of 14 to beat Durbidge (13.50) and Andre (10.23).
"I knew it was going to be a hard heat. Bede has been in good form and Jadson is such a tenacious competitor and is always up for a good fight," Wilson said.
"It was pretty tricky conditions for everyone today. The wind was strong and I think we are going to have that for the duration of the event."
Wilson sits in 13th place in the race for the world title after a mixed start to the year.
His best finish came in round three at Bells Beach when he fell in the semi-final to the eventual winner, reigning world champion Mick Fanning.
"On paper, this is still the best start to the year I have had," Wilson said.
"I feel like I can get the results at all the locations now and I feel like I am surfing good.
"It is tough but you are always knocking on the door of a big result.
"There's a bit of pressure but it really comes down to the surfing.''