- 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.
- 03 March 2009 | Surfing
Small surf in the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre range) and inconsistent conditions greeted event organizers at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile this morning, prompting the call for a lay day of competition.
The opening events of the 2009 ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour respectively, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast have attracted the world’s best male and female surfers as they do battle on the ASP Dream Tour.
“Conditions are clean this morning, but ultimately too small on the points and at D’Bah so we’ve called competition off for the day,” Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Contest Director, said. “We’re tracking activity for later in the week so we’ll be back for another look in tomorrow morning.”
Saturday’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast action saw highlights by reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, and former two-time event winner Mick Fanning (AUS), 27. When Round 2 begins, explosive ASP Dream Tour sophomores like Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, and Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, will look to avoid early elimination.
Yesterday’s Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 action was dominated by the 2009 ASP Top 17 rookie class. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, secured the highest heat total of the event with an 18.77 out of a possible 20 for a series of blistering forehand maneuvers in the Duranbah beach breaks. Silvana Lima (BRA), 24, current ASP World No. 2, scored the event’s first perfect 10-point ride with her lightning-quick forehand approach that included a mid-ride aerial.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6am to assess conditions for a possible 7am start.
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will be webcast LIVE via www.quiksilverpro.com.au
The event also incorporates the Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile, the opening event of the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour. The Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be webcast LIVE via www.roxypro.com.au
- 02 March 2009 | Surfing
The campaign to restore Kirra point to its former glory has been enriched with a 1.5 million pledge from both the Queensland State Labor Government and Opposition (LNP). Both Political Parties are facing a QLD State Election on the 21st of March and are locked into a neck and neck battle in the Polls turning the Kirra situation into a political election issue.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh released her Kirra Policy late on Thursday (Feb 26th) ahead of a similar pledge the following day by the QLD State Opposition LNP leader Lawrence Springborg. The only real difference in policy is that the LNP are prepared to go further by turning off the Tweed sand pumping for three weeks to assess its (sand) impact.
Both political parties have vowed to initiate immediate action to move sand off Kirra beach by creating dunes, sand sculpturing the beach to change currents, shape sandspits and inshore gutters to bring the bank in.
The unique sand pumping operation was approved by both the QLD and NSW Labor Governments 10 years ago jointly signing off on a 25 year contract to pump sand North from the NSW border to QLD. Over the last 7 years, 10 million cubic metres of sand was taken from South Tweed and pumped off Lovers Rock from the main outlet yet only 1/8 actually moved north with the rest clogging Coolangatta and especially Kirra Point to North Kirra.
In a stroke of luck certainly not engineered as part of the sand replenishment, the sand pumping created the Super Bank from Snapper to Coolangatta but it radically changed the Kirra Point break pushing the bank out to sea and turning the once iconic Point Break into a beach break “straight-hander” while leaving the beach sand blocked and devastating the reefs by an over supply of sand.
The news that the Qld State Government and Opposition are prepared to do something has been welcomed by the KirraPoint.org Committee (KPC) who will assist in the process of restoring the once famous Point break.
The other major player in the sand pumping debacle is the NSW Government who is now for the first time ever prepared to come to Kirra this Friday and discuss what needs to be done.
The NSW Minister of Lands Tony Kelly who signed off on the Lennox Head Surfing reserve last year has sought a meeting with QLD State Governments to discuss the issue and how to find the best solution.