The juniors turned it on at the Tide n Turn Australia Day Classic at Agnes Water.
The juniors turned it on at the Tide n Turn Australia Day Classic at Agnes Water. Rob Black

Agnes Water turns it on

THE waves and competitors turned up at the Tide n Turn contest at Agnes Water despite pretty awful beach conditions.

Tide n Turn president and contest director Paul White said the turnout was great despite the poor weather and it showed how the club was growing.

"It takes more than a bit of rain and wind to keep Queenslanders away," Whitey said.

"We had people come from everywhere to help put up tents and set up for the contest," he said.

The club has a heap of new members... plenty of families and juniors, plus we've got great sponsors. The club is looking strong."

In the water there was plenty of optimism as well, with plenty of swell and the at times tricky conditions not overshadowing some great performances.

The juniors certainly showed up with Archie Doble a standout in the under-12 shortboard.

Young Mason Gates won the push-in final with dad providing the push. The push-in division is one of the innovations of the family-friendly club, with mums and dads helping the grommets into their waves.

Krystal Hallam put in a strong effort to take the girls under-14 shortboard and Charlie Trumper won the boys under-14 longboard.

In the men's open events Tony Bonney won the longboard, while Neil Mergard blitzed in the shortboard; shredding a few good lefts and even pulling off some futuristic moves.

Big John Hawes, a regular visitor to Agnes from the Gold Coast, won the over-50s longboard with another polished display.

Whitey said sponsors DC Cruisers and Agnes Water Pre-Mix concrete again came to the party, while Santos' Tom Dawson turned on some good food to raise money for the club.

Reef2Beach surf shop and Grom Mellick donated another truckload of surf goodies to competitors.

The Tide n Turn crew put on another great day.