ALL'S WELL ABOARD
SURFING: Some of the best surfers in Australia and the world will be strutting their stuff in the 19th Reef 2 Beach Longboard Classic 2017 at Agnes Water starting today.
And the weather forecast is ideally for some excellent and high-quality surfing.
Event organiser Paul White said 110 surfers will feature in the three-day competition that will include 11 divisions.
"The weather conditions are predicted to be fine and sunny with south-east winds at 20 knots this weekend with a swell to be 1.2m tomorrow and Sunday's main event," White said.
The surf is expected to be smaller today which is designated for just the local surfers.
It will be a weekend of action and White said spectators should look out for three divisions.
"The highlight divisions for spectators to watch will be the Open 9ft, Mixed Juniors and the Logger division where spectators will see traditional longboard surfing," White said.
Thirteen-year-old Agnes Water resident Alki Kallas hopes to improve on his fifth place in the Open 8ft and fourth in the Juniors categories from last year.
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"I have been doing lots of competitions in the Shortboard during the past year," Alki said.
Not a day goes by without the youngster honing his skills.
"I ride everyday before and after school and my coach Shane Harrison, Paul White and Wayne 'Grom' Mellick train me when they are here," Alki said.
The experience and freedom of standing on top of the water is what generates Alki's passion for the sport which he started when he was four.
The world's oldest professional surfer Michael Cottier, 61, will again be one to watch.
He will surf in the Open 9ft, Over-60s, Open Loggers and the Open 8ft Freestyle.
"I'm just hoping to make the final and make two good waves so that I can get enough points," Cottier said.
"This is my first time in the Over-60s division and I always fancy my chances."
Cottier is currently ranked eighth in Australia in the World Surf League for the Open Men Professional Class.
Competition starts from 7am today and continues until around noon on Sunday.