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