Agnes Water 

Longboarders around Australia welcomed today's news that the Queensland coastal town of Agnes Water will host an inaugural ASP Longboard Qualifying Series event in March 2009.

The Smarts Concrete Agnes Water Classic on March 4th - 6th 2009 will see a host of the best longboarders from Australia and internationally descending on the historic coastal township of Agnes Water. All will be eager to take the crown of this inaugural ASP LQS rated event. The event will host both ASP LQS 1 Star Men's & 1 Star Women's divisions offering over $10,000 in prize money.

Located 1 hour north of Bundaberg, the tiny coastal town of Agnes Water offers superb coastal surroundings, lush tropical vegetation and some of the most stunning beaches in Australia. The location is close to the hamlet of 1770, noted historically as the landing place of explorer Capt. James Cook, who landed here in 1770 before continuing on to discover the Great Barrier Reef, the region is now known as the 'Discovery Coast'. Agnes Water is one of the last coastal areas north of Brisbane to get rideable surf before the Barrier Reef begins. Surf conditions in March/April see the best waves hitting the local points and beaches.

The event now consolidates a stronger series of ASP LQS events in Australia complimenting both the Noosa Festival LQS & Malfunction LQS, Kingscliff N.S.W. with all scheduled in the month of March now creating a bigger Australian longboard tour on the East Coast.

2006 ASP World Longboard Champion, Australia's Josh Constable keenly welcomed the new event today quoting, "It's awesome to see another event on the LQS Tour in Australia, I'm looking forward to making the trip to Agnes Water, it's somewhere I have never visited, and it will be great to compete in a new event location." Constable, who rarely finishes far from the top placings will be a serious contender at Agnes Water in March.

Cheryl Wickes of Discovery Coast Tourism & Commerce said today, "It is fantastic to see the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series coming to Agnes Water, everyone is thrilled at this exciting announcement. Our business community is fully supportive of the event and welcomes national and international board riders to now discover what we, who are privileged enough to live here already know... that Agnes Water has some of the most stunning surf beaches in Queensland.'

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Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2009 contest season

The Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2009 contest season will kick off on Saturday 24th 2009 at the Lighthouse Surfing Beach at Plumb Point along the Palisadoes peninsula beginning at 9:00 am.

All of Jamaica’s top surfers are expected to take part in this event as the results from it will set the tone for the annual point’s battle for the title of 2009 National Open Champion and selection for the 2010 National Open Team. ’08 Champ Icah Wilmot who finished strongly last year with 3 wins and 2 second place showings will now be pressed to defend his title by the top challengers. The other four events of the annual 5 event series are spread throughout the year climaxing in December.

Local surfing conditions are very good at this time of year. The regular winter cold fronts which swing off North America out over the Atlantic, send powerful “swells” down into the Caribbean creating high surf conditions along Jamaica’s northeast and southeast coasts the result of which can be observed near Kingston as one drives along the peninsula towards the Norman Manley Airport, or at world famous beaches like “Boston Bay” and “Long Bay” in Portland.

Jamaica’s surfing is now followed closely by the international surfing world and local surfers have now started to attract international sponsorship attention. Local surfers such as 2008 National Open Champ Icah Wilmot has wooed the hearts of sponsors such as INSIGHT Clothing, QUASHI Surfboards, NIXON Watches, REEF footwear and ON-A-MISSION surf accessories who all help to promote his career by using his images in advertising campaigns and facilitating his attendance at numerous international Pro/Am events throughout the region and around the world.

The public is invited to attend the event but please remember your beach towels, umbrellas, water and picnic basket as it will be an all day affair. Below are last year’s series results. Competitors best 4 results were tallied with the fifth event reserved for tie break situations.

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Mavericks Surf Contest 2009 

Mavericks Surf Ventures, Inc. (Mavericks) today announced that The 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest® invitees will compete for $150,000 - the largest known prize purse in big-wave surfing competition history.  Moose Guen and Jane Sutherland of MVision personally contributed $75,000 last month, and new Mavericks partner Barracuda Networks Inc. has just doubled the prize.

The event will take place on 24 hours notice, only when Mother Nature delivers favorable weather and contest-worthy swell reaching heights of 25-30 feet anytime between January 1 and March 31, 2009. When Contest Director Jeff Clark gives the Contest green light, fans can experience “the world’s most dangerous wave” and all the jaw-dropping action from the comfort and convenience of their computers.

Beginning at 8 a.m. (PST) on Contest day, the free, live webcast will feature all the epic big-wave surfing action, live interviews with the surfers, up-to-the-minute heat results and the awards ceremony.

“Jane and I are very happy for Mavericks and the Contest surfers with Barracuda Networks’ decision to double the prize purse,” commented Moose Guen.  “This historic moment serves to recognize the bravado, the skills, and the talent of these big-wave surfers in such extreme conditions. As I like to say, ‘Let us defy the odds in 2009!’”  

“Barracuda Networks is thrilled to take part in this globally-recognized competition,” said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. 

“The Mavericks phenomenon embodies the idea that with great risk comes great reward and it is that philosophy that continues to stoke the entrepreneurial fires Barracuda Networks was founded upon.”

“We’re humbled by the support of Moose, Jane and now Barracuda Networks,” added Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling. 

“Now we have a prize purse that begins to acknowledge what goes down out there at Mavericks, and we can all look forward to an amazing show of athleticism on Contest Day this season.”

Viewing Options: Mavericks this season announced three groundbreaking partnerships that will deliver unprecedented opportunities for Mavericks fans all over the world to experience The 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest®. 

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