First round of Champions crowned in pumping conditions at Agnes Water

The first round of champions have been crowned at the annual HIF Agnes Water Surf Festival in pumping 2-3ft (1m – 1.5m) conditions at the iconic right hand point break.

The Under 18 Boy’s final saw a thrilling blow for blow battle between local young gun Alki Kallas (Agnes Water, QLD) and Noosa Heads surfer Kaiden Smales. Kallas led the chase early with an 8.17 up his sleeve (out of a possible 10.00), but with seven minutes remaining on the clock Smales responded with some huge backhand snaps to be rewarded with a near perfect 9.50 to clench victory. Smales also finished second in his Under 18 Boy’s Longboard heat, booking himself a spot in tomorrow’s final where he will look to claim his second trophy for the weekend.

The action in the water continued in the Under 18 Girl’s Shortboard final where Holly Clark (Currumbin Waters, QLD) surfed her way to victory in style. Clark made the most of the long walls on offer and with a combination of maneuvers highlighted by two big carves on the outside section, which saw the judges reward her with a near perfect 9.00 ride. Backed up with a 6.50, Clark managed to hold off local surfer Pixie Kallas (Agnes Water, QLD) to finish first. Clark will surf in tomorrow’s Open Women’s Shortboard final where she will be aiming to take out her second title in this years event. 

The super grommet Under 10’s divisions saw some of Queensland’s youngest competitors hit the water for their first finals with the help of Mum and Dad. Coolum Beach’s Ollie Castwood was unstoppable in the Under 10 Boys division and locked in two huge scores to finish with a two wave heat total of 17.70 (out of a possible 20.00) and hold off Max Shuttleworth (Bargara, QLD), Thomas O’Tool (Nelson Bay, NSW) and Taij Lauder (Balberra, QLD) who finished respectively. The Under 10 Girl’s division saw a similar story play out with Lilah Weatherill securing two heat topping scores early on to see her take home her first HIF Agnes Water Surf Festival trophy.

Competition will resume tomorrow for day three and will see the remaining 12 champions crowned, including the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s and Open Women’s Shortboard divisions.

Click here for a full list of results and tomorrow’s format and heat draw.

The 2018 HIF Agnes Water Surfing Festival is proudly supported by HIF, Coastalwatch Plus, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, SurfAid, Pages, Surfing World Magazine, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.

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