SURF LIFESAVING: Met Caloundra coach Rhett Collie says Corey Jones's Nutri-Grain Series future lies in his own hands.
Jones goes into tomorrow's final round of the 2012-13 series at Noosa in danger of failing to re-qualify for just the second time in his 10-year stint in the national series.
Sitting in 12th spot, he must make up 56 points on Tom Atkinson and Mitch Miller, who are equal ninth, as well as leapfrogging the retiring Hugh Dougherty if he is to jump into the all-important top 10.
While you would be hard-pressed to find a fellow competitor willing to write off the victory chances of former round winner and national board champion Jones, the 26-year-old has a small mountain to climb.
His hopes of a top-10 finish were all but crushed at Coolum last weekend when his ski punctured in the first of three races and he was knocked from his craft in the second, relegating him to last spot for the round.
Collie said although Jones's mellow attitude was a big part of his appeal, it could also be his downfall.
He said his charge had the ability to match it with the series' big guns but needed to discover a sense of dedication.
"Corey is a unique individual," Collie said. "He did well by taking on some bad luck last weekend and completing the race. He did rather well, but had some short moments of bad luck.
"At Surfers Paradise he was sitting in third and he got hit (by a wave) and that took him back to 12th.
"Last weekend he got sent back in the first race - he also lost his ski in the second race. He was never going to have a good result after finishing last in that first race.
"But he's done some things and he's got a fairly good fan base and I think they connect to him because of his relaxed attitude.
"But that can also be why he doesn't do better.
"He is as good as all those other guys, however it's whether or not he can be as dedicated as them that determines how he goes."
Collie said Rebecca Creedy's future in the sport was still to be decided.
She heads into the sixth round in sixth spot and is assessing her priorities, but Collie hopes she will continue in 2013-14 if she re-qualifies.