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Thomas Woods claims Chiko Alley Classic win

Thomas Woods © Cory Roberts/Surfing Queensland




CHIKO Alley Classic

Queensland Championship Circuit
Queensland, Australia
26 - 27 April, 2014

Finals day for the 2014 Chiko Alley classic explodes 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 April, 2014 - Gold Coast, Queensland - Spectators thickened on the famed Currumbin Alley point break as the finals got underway for day two of the 2014 Chiko Alley Classic, presented by Bruce Lynton Land Rover.

Burleigh Heads’ World Qualifying Tour campaigner, Thomas Woods is riding high today after claiming the 18th annual Chiko Alley Classic in clean 2ft waves at the event’s iconic home of Currumbin Alley. Woods beat a field of high-performers including Cory Ziems (Currumbin, QLD), Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta, QLD) and Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, QLD) to claim victory in the closely fought final.

For the win, he takes home a $3,000 dollar winner’s cheque; the ratings lead of the Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) and a step closer to competing against the world’s best surfers in the trials at the first stop to the 2015 ASP World Tour, The Quiksilver Pro.

“I’ve competed in these comps every year for quite some time now and I guess appose to competing in the ‘QS events, the QCC allows you to loosen up a bit,” said an elated Woods. “I’m looking forward to the forthcoming Sunshine Coast Pro, which hopefully I can emulate what I did today,” he continued.

Woods wasn’t the only one to bank a winner’s cheque today with Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, QLD) winning the hearts of spectators and bagging $1000 courtesy of Bruce Lynton Land Rover for the best aerial of the event.

“Having the newly-introduced Bruce Lynton Land Rover Boost Winner was a huge contribution to the spectator interaction of the event and encouraged competitors to surf innovatively and steer clear of the safer options,” said Surfing Queensland Events Manager and Contest Director Adam Yates.  
The 2014 QCC series boasts a stellar AUD$20,000 prize-pool, with an extra AUD$500 randomly awarded to four competitors who compete in all four events.

Based on competitors’ best three-of-three results, the series’ top two athletes will once again get the chance to compete against the world’s best surfers at the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour Quiksilver Pro Trials, Snapper Rocks.

Quarter Final heat 1:
1st: Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke, QLD)               
2nd: James Woods (Tugun , QLD)
3rd: Dave Reardon-Smith (Bli Bli, QLD)
4th: Dale Lovelock (Warana, QLD)

Quarter Final heat 2:
1st: Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta, QLD)
2nd: Corey Ziems (Currumbin, QLD)
3rd: Sheldon Simkus (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4th: Thomas Cervi (Sunrise Beach, QLD)

Quarter Final heat 3:
1st: Nathan Hedge (Palm Beach, QLD)
2nd: Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, QLD)
3rd: Andre Teixeira (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4th: Jackson Coffey (Coolangatta, QLD)

Quarter Final heat 4:
1st: Thomas Woods (Burleigh Heads, QLD)
2nd: Mitch Parkinson (Coolangatta, QLD)
3rd: James Brydon (Palm Beach, QLD)
4th: Jay Thompson (Burleigh Heads, QLD)

Semi Final heat 1:
1st: Corey Ziems (Currumbin, QLD)
2nd: Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta, QLD)
3rd: Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke, QLD)
4th: James Woods (Tugun, QLD) 

Semi Final heat 2:
1st: Thomas Woods (Burleigh Heads, QLD)
2nd: Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, QLD)
3rd: Nathan Hedge (Palm Beach, QLD)
4th: Mitch Parkinson (Coolangatta, QLD)

1st: Thomas Woods (Burleigh Heads, QLD)
2nd: Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta, QLD)
3rd: Corey Ziems (Currumbin, QLD)
4th: Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, QLD)

The QCC Series.
CHIKO Alley Classic: May 11-12 3-Star / $6,000

CHIKO Sunshine Coast Pro: May 25-26 3-Star / $6,000

CHIKO Burleigh Classic: June 15-16 4-Star / $8,000 

Cory Roberts

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