Surfer Dimity Stoyle has world title in sights
SIX months ago Dimity Stoyle was a bright-eyed rookie who was just happy to be on the World Championship Tour.
The Buderim surfer has beaten the best the world has to offer and is confident she could be hailed world champion in the not so distant future.
"In the next couple of years I definitely want to work towards a world title," Stoyle said.
"I don't think it is possible this year and you really have to be making those finals and semi-finals in every event."
The 23-year-old has wasted little time proving she "belongs", twice beating reigning world champion Carissa Moore and leading Rookie of the Year race.
She sits eighth and is a legitimate chance for a tour win this year - an amazing proposition considering just months ago she was proclaiming how content she was just to be on the tour.
A semi-final appearance in Fiji and a quarter-final berth at Bells Beach have given the natural footer confidence a maiden tour victory is just around the corner.
"I am going to try and see if I can win a world tour event this year which would be pretty amazing," Stoyle said.
Her next chance to do that comes later this month at the US Open of Surfing at California's Huntington Beach.
A win at the iconic event would cap an outstanding introduction to the world stage.
"I surfed that event four years ago which was my first trip overseas, but I haven't been there since, so it will be really cool to go there and surf well," Stoyle said.
"I feel comfortable on the world tour and I really want to stay there and I am putting 100% into my surfing."
Stoyle said she was not concerning herself with any of her better-known opponents as she strived to "become the best surfer possible". "I just want to get better and better for myself; just to surf the best I can and that is what's pushing me," she said.
The US Open of Surfing commences on July 27.