Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Eyes on New 'Cooly Kid'; {lsquo}Rabbit' in Role of Mentor

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Eyes on New 'Cooly Kid'; {lsquo}Rabbit' in Role of Mentor

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FORMER ASP International president Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew is now coaching his prodigy Dean 'Dingo' Morrison.

ASP will not replace Rabbit in the short term, according to CEO Brodie Carr.

"I will cover Rabbit's tracks for this year until we decide what to do for next year," Carr said.

The Bartholomew and Morrison liaison goes back to the early 1990s and now it's like the old 'Cooly Kid' is teaching the new 'Cooly Kid'.

Rabbit had a big hand in coaching 'Dingo' prior to Morrison qualifying for the ASP Dream Tour.

When Bartholomew became president he was unable to continue the relationship due to conflict of interest.

Morrison qualified for the ASP World Tour back in 2002 along with his Coolangatta mates Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.

He busted out of the blocks early with his first WCT win at Snapper Rocks in 2002, but has not won a WCT event since then.

Last year, Morrison just managed to scrape back in to the top 25 owing to hip and back injuries.

However, this year Morrison has been one of the stand-outs in the free surfs and the epic March/April surf sessions.

"No-one surfs as much as Dean," said his mentor Rabbit.

"On Monday, March 30, Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1, he spent eight hours each day surfing and towing. Some guys don't like going surfing with Dean because he stays out for hours on end!"

Morrison has had a shaky start to the new year with an equal 33rd going down in tiebreaker to South Africa's Jordy Smith in round two of the Quiksilver Pro. Last year Morrison had Smith's measure, but wasn't as lucky this year.

Morrison survived his opening round heat at Bells against local Nic Muscroft at the Rip Curl Pro, the second WCT event for the year.

He will now face Avoca's Adrian Buchan in round three.

Other Gold Coast round three match-ups include Burleigh's Jay 'Bottle' Thompson against Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson against Tahiti's Michel Bourez, Mick Fanning against Portugal's Tiago Pires and Bede Durbidge against Victoria's Adam Robertson. …

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