- 04 March 2009 | Surfing
The first day of the Smart’s Concrete Agnes Water Classic presented by Sandcastles got underway in style today, as Agnes Water provided the idyllic backdrop to the world’s best.
As Australia’s newest ASP Longboard Qualifying Series event, Smart’s Concrete Agnes Water Classic presented by Sandcastles, was met with perfect half-metre conditions as the best in the business put on a show.
With a total prize pool of US$7000 up for grabs, 2007 World Longboard Tour (WLT) champion Jennifer Smith (USA) was on fire.
Accruing a heat total of 13.67 (out of a possible 20), in what was the standout heat of the morning, Smith showed the complete repertoire of traditional and futuristic manoeuvres.
“It was really fun out there this morning,” she said with a smile.
“The waves are small, but the conditions are really suited to high-performance longboarding.”
Competing for the first time in 2009, Smith showed no signs of rustiness, blowing apart the shifting peaks of the Agnes Water main break on her first trip to the Discovery Coast.
“I’ve just been travelling and surfing as much as possible,” Smith added, after sojourns through Morocco and Australia in recent months.
“It feels good to get that first heat of the year out of the way, hopefully I can continue to improve as the event progresses.”
Hosted on the northern most surfing destination on Australia’s east coast, Smart’s Concrete Agnes Water Classic presented by Sandcastles also saw fellow international stars Anneka Barry (USA) and Coline Mernard (FRA) progressing through to the semi-finals.
Flying the Australian flag on day one was Australia’s longboard starlet Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads, NSW) who easily progressed through to the semi- finals, with a tradesperson like approach.
Having achieved outstanding results in recent years, including a second place in the 2008 ASP Women’s WLT event held in France, Williams looks set to continue on her excellent form.
As the first ever ASP sanctioned event to be held north of Noosa, Mitch Surman (Maroochydore, QLD) led the charge in Men’s division – stamping his authority on the early rounds of competition.
Accruing the highest heat total of the day, with a 14.50 (out of a possible 20), Surman was in electric form, joining Kevin Holt (Shellharbour, NSW), Ruben Roxborough (Alstonville, NSW) and former LQS champion Jesse Jerems (Noosa, QLD) in the next round.
Former Agnes Water local Oliver Shaw (Gold Coast, QLD) was the best performing local surfer, gaining qualification through to the next round.
As the competition widdles down to the business end of proceedings, two inaugural Smart’s Concrete Agnes Water Classic presented by Sandcastles champions will be crowned tomorrow.