March to be a big month in the surf
AS 2012 winds down and the big boys hit the water in Hawaii for the last of the year's pro contests, organisers are gearing up at home for the big contests in 2013.
March is big in Queensland with the Reef2Beach Longboard Classic at Agnes Water (March 1-3), followed by the Noosa Festival of Surfing (Mar10-16); while the Quiksilver and Roxy pros on the Gold Coast run across both (March 2-13).
Sunshine Coast star Nic Jones will be back to defend his junior and open titles at Agnes after a successful switch to shortboards in the Queensland Chiko semi-pro series on the Gold and Sunny coasts.
March - well autumn in general - is a great time for surf in Queensland with tropical lows and cyclones, powerful groundswells and often great offshore conditions.
It was a little ironic this year as the finals of both the Reef2Beach Longboard Classic at Agnes and the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper went off at almost the same time - the Reef2Beach in great waves, while the pros fought it out in dribblers on the Goldie.
Showdown at Pipe
WHILE talking contests and Hawaii in particular, many surfers around the world are focused on the showdown at Pipe.
Can Joel Parkinson win his first world title? Can Mick Fanning win his third? Or will Kelly Slater make it 12 in 2012?
Parko has avoided the spotlight - and the lead-up contests of the Triple Crown - to focus only on the Pipeline Masters and the world title.
Fanning too has been lying low, while Slater is in the Reef Pro at Haleiwa trying to get a bit of momentum - and play a few mind games - going into Pipe.
On the homefront
AGAIN not much in the way of waves this weekend, but there will be enough to warrant getting wet.
Christmas is approaching so put in an order with Santa for a new board - makes you want to go surfin'.