CALLINAN FACING AN UPHILL BATTLE IN TAHITI

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Merewether’s Ryan Callinan is facing a sudden death round after a tough start in Tahiti.

Callinan, a victim of inconsistent conditions, didn’t get on the scoreboard until the last four minutes of his opening heat.

A three, not enough to overtake heat winner Jordy Smith, while fellow rival Dusty Payne remained scoreless.

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