SPRING COMP: Alex Elgin of the Tide N Turn Boardriders will be heavily involved in the big Spring Contest at Agnes Water tomorrow.
SPRING COMP: Alex Elgin of the Tide N Turn Boardriders will be heavily involved in the big Spring Contest at Agnes Water tomorrow. Rob Black

Surfers ready for new season

THE surf season officially opens this weekend and while the contest scene never sleeps these days it will be a paddle-off of sorts with the Tide N Turn Spring Comp at Agnes Water tomorrow.

And there have even been a few waves during the week for those able to warm up for the coming of summer.

Wednesday was the pick as the swell bumped overnight after a couple of smaller days and with light winds and cool offshores early there were some smiling faces about.

While it doesn't look like anything major in terms of size or wave quality over the weekend at least there will be rideable and therefore contestable waves.

Sign-on for the Spring Comp is at 7.30am in Tom Jeffery Park, Agnes Water and there will be a paddle-out at 11am for Agnes Water legend Vlad Golar who died last week. The comp will be in memory of Vlad.

 THE Sunshine Coast claimed back-to-back titles in the Coast of Origin series where Sunny Coast clubs knocked off their more fancied rivals from the Goldie once again.

With former multiple national champion clubs such as Snapper and Kirra competing the task once again looked daunting for the boys and girls from the Sunshine Coast.

But the overall depth led to a dominating performance with North Shore, Windansea, Coolum and Noosa boardriders providing crucial points in all divisions from shortboards to longboards and SUPs.

 

OVER in California the Hurley Pro at Trestles will be deciding a new champion as you read this.

The waves have been pretty good all week and while not a barrelling break, Trestles has to be one of the most high-performance waves on tour.

Yesterday Taj Burrow, Ace Buchan, Joel Parkinson and John John Florence went straight through to the quarter finals with 11-times world champ, and seven-times finalist at Trestles Kelly Slater was pinged on interference in his round four clash with Burrow and Julian Wilson - he was spittin'.



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