DIMITY Stoyle says her heart-breaking exit from the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast has not dented her winning mentality.
Stoyle, from Buderim, was knocked out of the first stop of the ASP Women's World Championship Tour yesterday after she was pipped by Tyler Wright by just 0.03 points.
In moderate half-metre waves, the second round heat was a genuine nail-biter - Wright led for the entire 30-minute contest but Stoyle nearly stole it on the bell.
Going into the closing stages Stoyle, 21, required a 7.64 and appeared to snatch victory with her final wave.
But the judges scored it a 7.60, handing the contest to Wright 14.63 to 14.60.
Despite being bundled out in straight sets, the affable Stoyle refused to be anything but happy with her performance.
She has enjoyed a break out month, finishing fifth at the Breaka Burleigh Pro and winning the Hunter Port Women's Classic, putting her on track to qualify for next year's WCT, and winning the Roxy Pro trials.
Her next assignment will be the Noosa Festival of Surfing, starting this weekend, before returning to training in preparation for the final three women's qualifying tour events of the year, starting with the Movistar Pro in Peru in July.
Stoyle said she was focused on maintaining her momentum and was determined to win another star event before the year was out.
"It's where I want to be next year, to qualify and to get into the main event and be one of the girls," Stoyle said.
"It would be awesome to qualify and get some good results, win another event and keep it going."
Stoyle had no idea how her final wave was going to be scored as she walked up the beach. The judges took minutes after the siren to score the wave, leaving her on tenterhooks.
"I knew it was a good wave but I had no idea if it was going to be good enough," she said.
"It just seems they score more harshly in world tour events, you have to have really good waves. I wasn't sure, I'm not used to the scoring system. I thought I might have been okay, but I'm still happy."
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