Watch: Matt Banting // Out for redemption
When Matt Banting qualified second for the CT back in 2014 the path ahead must've seemed so straightforward. Supported by Quik, he was Australia's best young hope and an upward trajectory, not unlike the person he qualified behind, Filipe Toledo, was expected.
Then reality hit. Injuring his knee at J'Bay he missed half the 2015 season. Banting secured the injury wildcard for 2016 but was outside the Top 22 when a second injury, this time to his pelvis, took him down.
Dry-docked for twelve months, his sponsorship lapsed and the tour moved on without him.
Last year he returned, got to 40 on the QS and secured places into the comps that mattered. He's built on that this year with a first, two thirds, and a second through the Aussie leg, plus a 17th at the Ballito Pro, which puts him at 7th on the QS rankings.
A second chance looms for Banting, and going on his form in the video below, filmed in South Africa, Portugal, France, and Australia, he's deserving of a return to the top tier.
Filmed by Len Banting, and edited by Matt.