PORT Macquarie could be home to another world champion when Greg Tyrrell lines up on the dock in Mexico on October 17-20 for the Wakeboard World Championships.
It's a path the 43-year-old has been down before when one small mistake cost him a world title in 2005 when he ultimately finished in second spot.
You would think that will provide an element of motivation when he arrives at the Mayan Water Complex in Playa Del Carmen.
"I fell on my last trick (in 2005) and that cost me first place; if I had have landed my last trick I would have won it," he said.
And what did he take out of that experience?
"Your run's not over until you're back on the dock so you've got to make sure you have every trick downpat," he said.
"You can't get to the end of your second pass and then go 'I've got this' and then bang you're gone because it's like any sport, it's not over until the hooter goes."
Tyrrell is doing everything possible to claim the world title, heading over to Orlando for an intense eight-week training camp leading up to the event.
"It's winter time here and everyone's got their boats parked up and no one wants to ride, but over there it's the middle of their summer," he said.
"There will be a bunch of guys over there training for the same thing and that eight-week period is when you can add a few more tricks to your arsenal."
The two-time national champion has already won an under-29 title which was backed up with a masters over-30 success in 2012.
Despite those honours Tyrrell knows he can't take anything for granted - one small mistake and it's all over.
"Training is everything because when you get there you're basically performing; you do five tricks so all you're doing is showing what you can do," he said.
"Each time you ride, you do five tricks and then the boat turns around and you do five (more) tricks back and that's your run.
"You're basically out on the water for two or three minutes so there are no second chances when you're competing."
The Port Macquarie product said a world championship would be a feather in his cap.
"It's something I've set my mind to and if I get there and win it, that's a goal achieved and that's what it's all about," he said.
"I'm pretty relaxed at the moment. I just want to get over there and get going."
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