Quality waves on offer for surfers
IT was a winter wonderland at the beaches of the Gladstone Region this week, as the rain cleared to leave beautiful beach weather and some great waves.
Conditions were close to perfect for surfers, with a consistent swell varying from knee to head high at times and almost calm conditions.
The wetsuits were off and the air temperatures warm as a number of locals and visitors took it in shifts at breaks from Tannum to Bargara.
The pick of the days was Thursday, as the sun broke through the sea fog to reveal some beautiful lines and quality waves. The swell was hanging in there yesterday with an early crew on it before the tide filled in at Agnes Water. The afternoon sessions on the points were pretty good, too.
There should be a few waves left today and tomorrow, with light winds again predicted until a south to south-westerly change sweeps in later in the weekend.
THINGS are quiet on the contest front in Queensland this weekend – unusual, really, as nowadays most weekends are taken up with contests of one form or another.
The next big thing for locals is the Australian Longboard Titles from August 15-22 at Port Macquarie. The Cunninghams – old man Glen and teenaged twins George and Ed – will fly the flag for this part of the coast in the opens, junior men’s and over-40s.
Sponsored by Noosa Longboards, the boys from Bargara are regular winners and placegetters and do much of their training and tuning-up on The Discovery Coast when they are not competing. The boys are finishing their senior this year and have yet to make the decision whether to follow the longboard pro circuit in 2011.
WHILE there is not much happening domestically on the contest scene this weekend – it’s all happening OS.
NSW grommet Wade Carmichael blitzed during the week in Bali, taking out the Billabong Pro Junior Asia in smokin’ four to five barrels at the mouth of the Keramas River.
Elsewhere, many of the pros are warming up for the richest contest outside of the WCT, the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, California. Plus the O’Neill Coldwater Classic is on in South Africa.