STYLE MASTER: Longboard legend and former Open winner Ray Gleave from northern NSW on finals day at last year’s Reef2Beach Longboard Classic at Agnes Water.
STYLE MASTER: Longboard legend and former Open winner Ray Gleave from northern NSW on finals day at last year’s Reef2Beach Longboard Classic at Agnes Water. Contributed Paul Bryan

Surfing open fires up with full rotational moves a highlight

I FIND myself smiling sometimes about my life, how I have surfing in it and how awesome that happens to be.

This week I had a few moments of this happening, entertained thoroughly by the Australian Open of Surfing.

This is an event that sees some of the best there are arrive on our beaches; the Open is a classic for our nation to enjoy.

Held in Sydney, it may have been a bit flat at times, but I couldn't believe during the week when I saw some highlights of full rotational moves and all - amazing.

It could not get more impressive, and I think the next few days are going to be magic as the event winds down. And I think the special nature of top class surfers will be a gem to watch.

And I think I will be doing a lot more smiling.

Closer to home, I have good news for you all on two fronts.

First of all, something that is close to me, the Reef 2 Beach Longboard Classic has boomed.

All the spots are nearly full, so be quick if you are keen on having a crack, remember there are plenty of great prizes and giveaways.

The second piece of news is that Surfing Queensland has decided to give a tip of the hat to Central Queensland.

They have been able to organise a Steve Walden surfboard for the highest points earner between the two HIF events at Yeppoon and here at Agnes Water and our Longboard Classic.

This is something we have not seen before, and the top notch board will be a great prize for the best male and female in the three events, so good luck to you all!