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Ryan’s Re­turn to the Fold

At the time of writ­ing, New­cas­tle’s Ryan Cal­li­nan heads to Hawaii with his qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2019 World Tour sewn up. This year he’ll be able to en­joy his North Shore cam­paign, safe in the knowl­edge he will be back where he be­longs when the tour kicks off at Snap­per. There’ll be no last minute qual­i­fi­ca­tion anx­i­ety. No need for bit­ing fin­ger­nails or cross­ing fin­gers. Just a nice Hawai­ian va­ca­tion, and if any­one de­serves one it’s Ryan.

You see, in 2016 Ryan achieved his great­est dream when he first qual­i­fied for the tour, but he also came face to face with his worst night­mare with the pass­ing of his fa­ther, Gary. Grief took its toll on Ryan’s rookie sea­son and he only man­aged three heat wins – far be­low the po­ten­tial of the tal­ented screw foot.

Again in 2017, Ryan’s quest to re­claim his spot on tour was de­railed by the un­ex­pected death of his mother. As any­one would do, Ryan took time away from com­pet­ing to heal and come to terms with the loss of both his par­ents in such a short space of time.

At the start of 2018 Ryan pulled the jersey back on and got stuck into the QS. In May he took a win at a QS6000 in Chiba, a nice start but he would need more. Things were look­ing a lit­tle dicey as Ryan headed to Europe. Time was run­ning out. How­ever, Europe would ul­ti­mately prove to be the venue for Ryan’s re­birth. He caught fire dur­ing the QS10000 Bil­l­abong Pro Eri­ceira, win­ning it and tak­ing down Gabriel Med­ina in the process.

That was enough to se­cure Ryan’s spot on tour for 2019, but it also earned him the wild­card into the Quik­sil­ver Pro in France. Ryan car­ried his new-found spark into the WCT event, smash­ing ev­ery heat to make the fi­nal, where he was only just beaten by Ju­lian Wil­son.

There’s no surfer more de­serv­ing of a spot on tour next year than Ryan Cal­li­nan, and we can’t wait to see what he does.

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