Agnes Water Longboard Festival 

The Discovery Coast has planted itself on the surfing map with the inaugural Agnes Water Longboard Festival wrapping up at Agnes Water today.

Queensland’s forgotten wave haven continued to dish up highly contestable conditions with a swag of the region’s hottest talents carving and shredding their way through clean 2-3ft beach break waves on the final day of competition.

Bundaberg’s George Cunningham stamped himself as a future longboard star, trumping fellow Bundanite Ashley O’Neal, Tannum Sands Clinton Farlow and his twin brother Ed to bag the blue ribbon open men’s title in a low-scoring final.

Growing in confidence from his opening heat, 14-year-old Cunningham defied the afternoon's high tide conditions, netting a 6.50 and a 4.17 to finish on top with a 10.67 two-wave combination.

“I’m happy to come away with a win,” said Cunningham, who has been selected in the Queensland Longboard Team to contest the Australian Longboard Titles in Port Macquarie in August.


Marc Lacomare 

Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Vans Pro Junior today in consistent two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves at San Sebastian in front of a massive crowd. Lacomare, who defeated Reubyn Ash (GBR), Adrien Toyon (REU) and Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) in a 35-minute battle, secured his second victory of the season after the ASP Grade-3 Rip Curl Pro Junior in Portugal last April.

Lacomare, who dominated the event with several high scores including an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to win the final, was a standout on the final day and left his opponents in need of a combination of two waves to catch up with him in the 35-minute decider.

"So stoked to get another win this year", Lacomare said. "I had a shocker in the Canarian event and was looking to gain confidence back and this win is sweet. A good revenge for me."

Lacomare jumps back to second on the overall ASP European Junior ratings’ and remains in contention for the regional crown. He will still be chasing several big results if he wants to stay in the race with ratings’ leader Maxime Huscenot (REU).


Malia Manuel 

Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 14, has claimed the GO211 LIVE featuring the Women’s Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill over fellow finalist Coco Ho. Both young Hawaiians are making ASP history as the youngest finalists ever at the Huntington Beach Pier for the U.S. Open of Surfing.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star event saw some incredible performances today, but none as impressive as the young Hawaiians taking down some of the biggest names in professional surfing.

“I’m so stoked right now,” Manuel said. “My sponsors gave me the wildcard into this event and I was just happy to be here. To get to surf against some of my heroes and to be in the Final with my friend Coco (Ho) is just something I would have never dreamed of.”

Sticking to her game plan throughout the event, Manuel started strong in the opening moments of the Final, securing two lengthy righthanders to post solid scores while her opponent struggled to find her footing in the challenging afternoon conditions.