Twelve Champions Crowned in Challenging Conditions at the HIF Agnes Water Surf Festival
A drop in swell overnight saw challenging conditions for finals day at the 2018 Agnes Water Surf Festival where 12 individuals Champions have been crowned.
Jarred Sunderland (Peregian Springs, QLD) went back to back in the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s Shortboard and Open Men’s Longboard divisions and will take home two HIF Agnes Water Surf Festival trophies this year. Sunderland is no stranger to competitive surfing in Agnes Water after taking out the Open Men’s Shortboard division in 2017. Sunderland used this experience in the water to make the most of the small right hand walls on offer and demonstrating some powerful hacks in the pocket he earned himself a heat topping 8.50 ride (out of a possible 10.00) to hold off Luke Jenssen (Brisbane, QLD), Kasey Lane (Buddina, QLD) and Mathew Lauder (Balberra, QLD).
In the Open Women’s Shortboard division Lauren McGregor (Bargara, QLD) looked sharp as she surfed her way to victory. McGregor impressed the judges with a combination of floating and carving maneuvers to hold off Holly Clark (Currumbin Waters, QLD), Taylah Mckenzie (Coolangatta, QLD) and Bonnie Stephenson (Bundaberg, QLD).
The Under 18 Boy’s Longboard final saw a stacked show down between some of Queensland’s finest junior longboarders. Agnes Local Arci Doble called upon local knowledge to hold off the Smales brothers (Noosa Heads, QLD) Kaiden and Landen. Doble looked relaxed at the point as he demonstrated some traditional and contemporary style in the water.
“The waves were way better than they looked from the beach, last week was the best I’ve ever seen the point in 12 years of living here so I felt warmed up for my final,” said Doble.
A nail biting finish in the Open Men’s longboard division saw Sunderland and Doble battle it out for their second trophy for the weekend. It came down to the wire between the two surfers in the second aggregate final with judges being forced to look at the highest heat totals of the weekend, with Sunderland coming it at just .29 ahead of Doble to secure his second win for the weekend.
Landen Smales dominated the junior divisions on finals day, taking out both the Under 12 Boy’s Shortboard and Under 14 Boy’s Shortboard. Some clutch moments between Smales and fellow Sunshine Coaster Kodi Dellit (Coolum Beach, QLD) saw the pair go back and fourth on the score board in both finals, but in the end Smales’ powerful maneuvers in the critical section of the wave saw him victorious.
An exciting final saw Brea Wright (Bargara, QLD) claim a hat trick in the Open Women’s SUP division, taking out her third victory at this event in as many years. Wright showed her dominance with the paddle and demonstrated some excellent top to bottom surfing to claim two seven-point rides and finish well ahead of her contenders.
World SUP Tour surfer Nic Walker (Coolum Beach, Qld) took out the Open Men’s SUP final in what can only be described as a dominate performance. Walker lead the heat from start to finish with some fins free surfing on the walling right hand point break.
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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