PORTUGUESE TIGER: Tiago Pires may also be out of the Rio Pro after a surfing mishap at home.
PORTUGUESE TIGER: Tiago Pires may also be out of the Rio Pro after a surfing mishap at home. Contributed

There’s waves, and more coming for east coast

WAVES, waves and more waves; the east coast of Australia has had a bounty of swell and at times great conditions this week - and we in central parts have enjoyed our fair share.

And it is set to continue this weekend, with another big southerly change blowing in yesterday.

The beauty of autumn changes is they are more shortlived as the big highs sweep across, and as they form a little further to the north, the winds drop off quicker and with the residual swell we can score some great conditions; still warm but light to variable or offshore winds for longer periods.

So we should have swell left over today and the winds will ease back all day with fairly light conditions just about all day tomorrow.

Great for the HookUp and the May Day contest at Agnes Water today.

May Day Classic

THE May Day Classic hosted by Tide N Turn Boardriders at Agnes Water today should be another great day of friendly rivalry between the three big clubs of the Capricornia and Wide Bay regions.

The boys and girls from Tide N Turn, Pacifique Boardriders (Bargara) and SeaQ Boardriders (Yeppoon) will have surfers compete in long and shortboard divisions in juniors and seniors, as well the new wave of stand-up paddleboarders.

There were a few secret sessions going on away from the main break at Agnes Point during the week as a few of the boys from Pacifique, led by president Keith Drinkwater, were on a reconnaissance mission prior to the challenge.

Keith said however that Pacifique would be a little understrength for the contest with a few of the club's top surfers away with work commitments.

Billabong Rio Pro

THE Billabong Rio Pro (men's and women's) kicks off in Brazil on Wednesday with a few absentees due to injury.

Hawaii's John John Florence is still out after hurting his ankle attempting a big air on the Gold Coast in between heats at the Quiksilver Pro and Portugal's Tiago Pires did some damage in an epic session in home waters during the week.

Another Hawaiian, Fred Patacchia is still out injured as well, leaving the door open for WCT alternates Yadin Nicol (Aus) and Patrick Gudauskas (US).

Nicol has had a horror run with injuries himself and is just back after another bad landing from a big air.

Many of the big names have had time out of the water with ankle and knee injuries in particular. But Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson are just two who have come back from injury hungrier and gone on to world titles.