The team’s set to embark on their third season after already making an impression on the continental scene.
The 31-year-old’s due to surf in the middle and latter rounds of the season-ending world tour event in Hawaii, where a solid result would enable him to secure a provisional berth at Tokyo 2020.
Assistant coach Lenny Hayes said he’s noticed some real buoyancy in the group.
The 23-year-old claimed 15th place at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney, finishing on 5-under par.
Heat coach Ashley Noffke, in his first year of three at the helm, relished the campaign.
The talented Buddina board rider caught the attention of beachgoers at the nationals at Margaret River last week, when she progressed through multiple heats to claim a coveted piece of silverware.
The Scorchers succumbed to an 87-run loss to Norths in their two-day clash at Buderim on Sunday when they faltered in their pursuit of 293.
Hundreds of competitors from around southeast Queensland converged on the Gympie Aquatic Centre for the annual meeting, which was this year livestreamed.
He shot 42 across the 12 holes to stave off Shane O’Brien and Andrew Gott, amid a 58-strong field.
The 18-year-old capped her season with a quarterfinal appearance at the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships, where she was ultimately beaten by Brazil’s Chloe Calmon.