Glenn Cunningham in action.
Glenn Cunningham in action. Christiane Geissler GLA270218GLE

Surfing is the life for Glenn

SURFING: He's pretty much a part of the furniture in the Agnes Water surfing scene.

From this Thursday until Sunday, Glenn Cunningham will compete in his 18th Reef 2 Beach Longboard Classic 20th Anniversary and the 55-year-old is hanging out.

Even though he's from Bundaberg, he's considered a local as he has been a massive part of an event which is well and truly in the Gladstone catchment area.

"I got competing in long boards when my twin sons Ed and George were growing up and I started pushing them on boards when they were seven," Cunningham said.

 

Glenn Cunningham in action.
Glenn Cunningham in action. Christiane Geissler GLA270218GLE

"So when I thought once they got a little bit better, I'd thought I started to get a long board because I could go out with them when the surf was really small at Bargara."

Cunningham was not there at the Agnes Water event in 1999 and 2000, and both of his sons started competing in the under-18 category when they were just 11 years old.

He recalled when all three competed in the same final a few years ago.

"That was pretty fun to have my sons and I in the same final and I would like to say I could surf as good as them," he said.

Unfortunately both Ed and George are unable to compete in this year's event.

Cunningham first travelled from Bundaberg to Agnes Water almost 40 years ago.

"I used to drive up from Bundaberg and there were three tracks on the road and you shared a single track until a car came the other way," he said of the early years.

"It used to take nearly two hours to get from Bundaberg, but it was the same for the guys from Gladstone too and it wasn't easy to get back in those days."

Cunningham has been triumphant in several North of Fraser events.

"I have been lucky enough to come in with a few North of Fraser finals and I started competing in the over-40 as well as the Open," he said.

 

Glenn Cunningham in action.
Glenn Cunningham in action. Christiane Geissler GLA270218GLE

Cunningham said there was a special camaraderie within the North of Fraser competitions and that had even stretched back to when he started to travel from Bundy to Agnes Water.

He said the quality of waves was better down south, such as at the Sunshine and Gold coasts, but that didn't take away from what Agnes had to offer.

Tomorrow's forecast is for east-north-easterly winds at 15-20 knots with winds to tip more easterly at the same speed before 15-20 north-easterlies blow on Sunday.

 

Glenn Cunningham in action.
Glenn Cunningham in action. Christiane Geissler GLA270218GLE

"It is a special event and it's a good time of the year to catch up with everybody," Cunningham said.

"It's a competition as such, but everybody takes it as it goes."

Competition starts this Thursday morning and will feature a range of categories across the four-day event.