POISE: Keith Drinkwater finds his balance taking on the small swell at Agnes Water.
POISE: Keith Drinkwater finds his balance taking on the small swell at Agnes Water. Paul Braven GLA260217LONGBOARD

Juniors take to small swell

SURFING: DESPITE being described as the "smallest swell in contest history”, the 2017 Reef 2 Beach Longboard Classic at Agnes Water produced plenty of highlights.

The three-day competition played out across the weekend featured 110 surfers across a variety of divisions, in swell that looked promising on Friday and Saturday but dropped off considerably on Sunday.

Junior surfers were able to make the most of conditions with waves struggling to break the two-foot barrier.

Event organiser Paul White said the small conditions weren't ideal for the 19th Reef 2 Beach, but it made for a fun and contestable competition.

"Because it was small this year the juniors were a standout,” he said.

"It was really easy for the light (weight) kids to get on those waves.

"Being a surf contest they surf to the conditions... but this was the smallest swell in contest history from what's been one of the worst surf seasons in history.

"Saturday was the good day with a lot bigger and good conditions, on Sunday the swell eased off a bit.

"It was sunny and warm with nice breeze, weather-wise you couldn't have had better conditions.”

Archi Doble won the juniors final, holding off the talented Alki Kallas who finished second in the six-person final.

On the increasing end of the age scale, Glen Gower, pictured, won the over-50s final. The world's oldest professional surfer, 61-year-old Michael Cottier, won the over-60s final.

Glenn Cunningham won the over-40s and Kirra Molnar won the women's.

White, who finished fourth in the over-40s category, said that the surfer of the weekend was the open 9s winner Rory Mowday.

"He took out the big event and was the standout over the weekend,” White said.

"His longboarding was excellent and it was good for a local lad to win.”



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