THE secret to Sunshine Coast young gun Dimity Stoyle cracking the big time is her belief that she belongs there, coach Martin Dunn says.
Stoyle, from Buderim, had a successful start to her 2013 campaign when she took out the Roxy Pro Trials for Trials at Southport last weekend.
Her aim for the next 12 months is simple - graduate from the World Qualifying Tour to the World Championship Tour.
She has been on the cusp in the past two seasons, coming particularly close in 2011 in finishing four world rankings spots short of her goal.
The world No.26 has a busy schedule over the next month and a half - starting with the 6-star Breaka Burleigh Pro (February 3-10), before the 6-star Hunter Ports Women's Classic in Newcastle (February 18-24) and the Roxy Pro Trials (March 1) - which will hopefully lead to a berth at the ASP World Tour Roxy Pro.
Gold Coast-based Dunn, who has been working with Stoyle for five years, said he would not be surprised to see her earn a world tour berth by the time 2013 draws to a close.
He said her arsenal was world-class but the key to her success lay in her self-belief.
"With athletes, there's a thing called realisation," Dunn said.
"As a surfer gets closer to their main objectives - and with Dimity it's making the WCT - they need to come to a realisation that they're good enough.
"All athletes have to internalise that.
"They can hope and wish and desire, but do they know they can actually do it?
"That's a big step forward - at that point when you realise that you are good enough and that you have worked hard enough."
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