Men’s finalists Julian Wilson and Ryan Callinan with women’s finalists Macy Callaghan and Courtney Conlogue at the France Pro. Picture: WSLRyan Callinan was getting back to business to prepare for the famed Supertubos break in Portugalafter an overwhelming career-best performance on the championship tour in France.
The Merewether goofy-footer had little time to celebrate his amazing run to the final on Saturday (AEDT) as an injury replacement wildcard before heading to Peniche for the10thstop on the World Surf League CT, which could start Tuesday.
Callinan fell to friend and world No.3 Julian Wilson15.34 to 14.23 in the decider after wins over OwenWright, Filipe Toledo, Adriano De Souza, Willian Cardoso, Jordy Smith and Connor Coffin.
The performance easily earned the 26-year-old another wildcard into the next CT event, where he will meet Wright and HawaiianEzekiel Lau in heat one of round one.
Callinan has returned to Portugal, where he won the 10,000-point qualifying series event last month that all but secured his CT place for next year and the wildcard start in France.
DIGGING DEEP: Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan in action at the Quiksilver Pro France last week. Picture: WSL/Poullenot
High performance coach Adam Trypas said Callinan had already turned his focus to Supertubos and training to maintain strength in his knee, where he has battled patellatendonitis.
“It’s a credit to him,” Trypas said on Monday.
“I spoke to him this morning and he’s already sourced out a gym and he did a training session yesterday for his knee.
“He’s settled up in Peniche in Portugal and his head space is really good.
“He said he got through both comps without any problems and he’s not in [knee] pain anymore.
“But he’s educated himself enough to knowthat he needs to keep on top of it. He’s pretty self-regulated.
“I don’t think there was much partying. It was pretty much straight up to Portugal to get ready.
“And the couple of days recovery will do him the world of good as well.”
Callinan’s previous best effort, in his only full-time year on the CT in 2016, was a round-five loss to Kelly Slater at Pipe.More footage of reactions to his result in France surfaced on Monday.
“It means the world,” Callinan told the WSL of making the final.“I can’t really put it into words right now, but it’s more special to share a final with Julian. I think I’ve been hanging a lot with him at home and it’s just awesome to see him performing and to see myself performing. I’m just so pumped. It was just awesome to go tit for tat.
He also thanked supporters on social media.
“What a special week and one I’ll never forget,” he posted.“I’m so overwhelmed by all the messages and support. Thank you all. And to everyone that been helping me along the way, I can’t thank you enough.”
Meanwhile, clubmate Morgan Cibilic made a winning start to his campaign at the 1000-point Mandurah Pro QS event on Monday.
The teenageropened in round two with scores of 5.0 and 7.25 and the 12.25 totalwas enough to take the heat ahead ofSamson Coulter (11.40), Dylan Moffat (9.15) and Hinata Aizawa (8.35).
He facesJacob Willcox, Dean Bowen and Elliot Paerata-Reid in round three.
Merewether’s Philippa Anderson resumes her campaign for a CT spot at the 3000-point Hyuga Pro in Japan from Friday.
Anderson is 11thon the QS rankings, just over 2000 points outside the all-important top six,with the Japanese event and 6000-point Port Stephens Pro from November 8 left to improve her standing.