Low brings highs

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE’S some­thing in the waves in the win­ter months.

While waves haven’t reached the heights of June last year – when a 15m mon­ster was recorded off Tweed Heads – a Tas­man low de­liv­ered pump­ing swells to the re­gion. Peak­ing at 8ft, there were plenty of tow-ins as surfers searched for the ul­ti­mate ride.

SURF­ING: Coolan­gatta surfer Mitch Parkin­son will have his sights set on claim­ing a come back from be­hind in the Queens­land Cham­pi­onship Cir­cuit (QCC) Open Men’s ti­tle on his home break this week­end.

Parkin­son, the cousin of for­mer world cham­pion Joel Parkin­son, has the chance of spoil­ing leader James Woods’ vic­tory party at the Michael Peter­son Clas­sic, in the fi­nal stop for the 2017 tour. The event will see some of Queens­land’s best open men’s surfers com­pete for the ti­tle, plus a wild card spot at the World Surf League Cham­pi­onship Tour 2018 Quik­sil­ver Pro tri­als.

Join­ing the field of elite surfers are up and com­ing young guns Tane Bow­den (Tweed Heads), Noah Stocca (Pere­gian Beach, Qld), Toi Tanaka (Palm Beach, Qld), Hi­nata Aizawa (Palm Beach, Qld) and Maddy Job (Burleigh Heads, Qld), who will all be look­ing to prove them­selves against more ex­pe­ri­enced surfers.

The stage is set for a huge fi­nal event for the se­ries, with Parkin­son - who sits in sec­ond af­ter two podium fin­ishes in the first two QCC events in May - wedged be­tween Woods and his younger brother Thomas in a three-way race for the ti­tle.

Parkin­son heads into the fi­nal as a favourite to claim the ti­tle, de­spite the younger Woods’ brother look­ing to claim his sec­ond ti­tle in suc­ces­sion.

“There’s al­ways such a strong field of surfers in our QCC se­ries each year and with rat­ings be­ing so close, it won’t be easy for any­one this week­end,” Surf­ing Queens­land CEO Adam Yates said.

Or­gan­is­ers are hope­ful of run­ning the event at their pre­ferred lo­ca­tion of Kirra Point, but a de­ci­sion will be made de­pend­ing on con­di­tions.

“Af­ter an ex­cel­lent run of swell on the Gold Coast this month, we’ve got our fin­gers crossed for waves this week­end,” Yates said.

In pre­vi­ous years, the MP clas­sic has at­tracted the likes of WSL cham­pi­onship tour ath­letes such as Bede Dur­bridge, Adam Melling and Mitch Crews.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

BIG WAVES: Peter Coul­son, Brett Stevens, Stu­art Hayes and Colt John­son check out the mas­sive swell rolling in at Snap­per Rocks on Wed­nes­day.

PHOTO: JOHN AN­DREWS

IN THE ZONE: Coolan­gatta surfer Mitch Parkin­son is a favourite to claim a Queens­land ti­tle at the Michael Peter­son Clas­sic this week­end on the Gold Coast.

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