Coast pro surfer clipped by motorcycle on Paris street
DIMITY Stoyle has survived a near-death experience in Paris where she stepped off the kerb and was clipped by a motorcycle travelling at high speed.
The impact spun the World Surfing League professional into the air while the motorcycle crashed and skidded down the road.
"Dimity was spun into the air and did a full 360 degree turn before landing on her feet," her father Ron said.
"She's a very luck girl."
The female rider of the motorbike had finished work and was rushing home for the start of her holiday when the accident happened.
She was wearing full leathers and also avoided serious injury.
Miraculously Dimity suffered only a burn to her leg and a minor shoulder injury.
She had been in Paris with other tour competitors who are in France for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro events in Hossegor.
The girls had headed to the French capital to catch a fashion show after poor conditions postponed competition for five days.
Her luck in surviving relatively unscathed from the incident has not been replicated in the water.
Dimity returned to the contest to win her first round heat but was ultimately knocked out of the event in the fourth round.
She must now win in Hawaii to have any chance of staying on tour next year.
Mr Stoyle said his daughter would not walk away from the sport if she is forced back on to the secondary qualifying series tour in 2016.
"It's been hard to watch," he said. "The cards aren't falling for her.
"But I know she won't walk away from it. She's got too much talent and everyone can see she belongs there. She has a lovely fluid style and we can see they all enjoy having her on tour.
"We are very proud of her, but as an athlete she's not satisfied."
Dimity is on her way back to Australia after being eliminated in the fourth round. She has two ninth places to her credit so far this year and a third at the Hurley Trestles Pro, but her requalifying chances have been hurt by a string of five 13th placings.
"She will give Hawaii her best shot," Mr Stoyle said. "She needs to win but it will be pretty tough."
It's more likely that the World Number 15, who has won $82,500 in prizemoney this year, will face a gruelling year travelling to events in China, Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, California, El Salvador, France, Spain and Chile as she pushes for re-entry to the elite field.