Australia's best in town
AUSTRALIA’S premier Longboard riders will hang 10 in Agnes Water this weekend for the Reef 2 Beach Classic.
The first competition on the Australian circuit will draw surfers from all over the east coast with 120 contestants lined up for three days of longboard action.
Longboard legend, the godfather of soul surfing Ray Gleave, Australian National Champion Brett White and world No. 30 Mitch Surman will make the pilgrimage.
Organisers tip south-easterly 15 knot winds and strong east to south-east swell to produce a memorable day of surfing action.
Now in its 12th year, the Reef 2 Beach Agnes Water Longboard Classic is now regarded as one of the premier event on the national circuit.
Co-organiser Paul Bryan said the event would show two sides of the sport with the old school grace and style of Ray Gleave paired against the new-school aerial fury of Mitch Surman.
“People will be able to see the classic style of surfing with drop knee turns and some of the younger guys trying aerials,” he said.
“It’s going to be a good representation of the sport.”
With good swell predicted to roll into Agnes Water Beach, Mr Bryan said competitors will be opening up their bag of tricks to impress judges and spectators.
“These guys can tear it up on waves of only a foot,” Mr Bryan said.
“If there are some good waves they’re going to be all over it top and bottom.”
Mr Bryan said the event had attracted acclaim in recent years for its relaxed vibe and high-calibre surfing.
“It just gets better every year,” he said.
“It’s competitive but it’s laidback at the same time; and it’s got a whole lot of soul.”
Surfers in the North of Fraser Island Division and over 50s will hit the water on Friday for opening heats.
There will also be a new category for pre-1980s short boards.
Saturday will feature juniors, an 8-foot freestyle competition, women’s opens and over 35s.
The beach will heat up on Sunday as surfers go head-to-head in finals for a coveted Reef 2 Beach trophy.