ADRIAN BUCHAN has pocketed a cool 55 THOUSAND DOLLARS following his runner-up placing at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.
The Avoca board rider trailed compatriot JULIAN WILSON from the opening wave, and despite a valiant effort, couldn't find the ride he needed as time ran out.
It's the 3rd year in a row a Central Coast surfer has made the season opening decider after Copacabana's MATT WILKINSON won in 2016 and was runner up last year.
ACE goes into the next stop on the tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach starting March 28, ranked second in the world behind JULIAN WILSON.
As for our other Coasties, rookie WADE CARMICHAEL is equal 13th and WILKINSON is tied for 25th.