Sport

No swell time on horizon, but perfect nonetheless

MON TAJ: Two-time winner WA's Taj Burrow will have to start favourite at the Breaka Burleigh Pro starting soon on the Gold Coast. Photo Contributed
MON TAJ: Two-time winner WA's Taj Burrow will have to start favourite at the Breaka Burleigh Pro starting soon on the Gold Coast. Photo Contributed Contributed

IT'S not looking good for the weekend wave warriors, with a small and decreasing swell and the winds to head to the east and then the north.

But it is great beach weather and the water is clean and warm, so grab your biggest lump of foam and enjoy.

It looks like there will be a bit of a pulse early next week, with the chance of something more substantial after that.

Here's hoping it coincides with the Tide 'N' Turn Australia Day Classic at Agnes Water on - yes, Australia Day, Saturday, January 26.

The contests kick off in a big way next month with the Breaka Burleigh Pro on the Gold Coast.

And then it's on during March with the Reef2Beach Longboard Classic in Agnes Water, the Noosa Festival of Surfing and the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper.

The Burleigh Pro has established itself as a fixture on the contest calendar, with many of the world tour pros using it as a warm-up for the Quikie Pro.

"It's always fun to compete around home," two-time world champ Mick Fanning said. "Burleigh is a great wave, so hopefully we get the swell."

Coolum's Julian Wilson won it last year, defeating Fanning in the final, but WA's Taj Burrow won it twice in 2010 and 2011.

Burrow is red-hot on the Goldie having also won the Quiksilver Pro in 2010 and last year - so he has to be the man to watch coming into the 2013 world championship.

The progressive natural-footer has been in the top 10 for 15 years, finishing runner-up twice, third twice and fourth an amazing five times.

Like last year's winner, Joel Parkinson, Burrow would be a sentimental favourite to grab a world crown before he bows out. At 33, he can still keep pace with the new flyboys.

This year the world tour has nine events after the Coldwater Classic in the US fell off the tour after just one year and Jefferys Bay in South Africa has failed to return after its shock demotion to a WQS event last year.

That it is not even on the WQS circuit in 2013 is a travesty seeing the famed right-hand point break is considered one of the best in the world.

Topics:  agnes water, surfing, surfing column, tide n turn, waves


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Audi hosts launch of upcoming book by Hayden Cox

FORMAL: Guests at qualia's Long Pavilion for the Audi-hosted dinner with Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes last night for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Photo contributed.

Hayden Cox celebrated the launch of his new book last night

Time and Tide at AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week

RACE: Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2016. Photo: Andrea Francolini Photo contributed.

Whales popped up to say hello at Audi Hamilton Race Week.

Whitsundays could be in for a wet week

RAINY DAYS: The Whitsundays could be in for a wet one this week. 
Photo Matthew Newton.

We could be in for a wet week.

Latest deals and offers

Whales play in Whitsunday waters

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week photographer Shirley Wodson gives us a first person perspective on our whales at play.

Layday comes early with whales providing a show

LAYDAY SHOW: A whale glides past Quantum during yesterday's unplanned lay day at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. 
Photo Andrea Francolini.

Layday came early at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week yesterday.

Audi hosts launch of upcoming book by Hayden Cox

FORMAL: Guests at qualia's Long Pavilion for the Audi-hosted dinner with Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes last night for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Photo contributed.

Hayden Cox celebrated the launch of his new book last night

Time and Tide at AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week

RACE: Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2016. Photo: Andrea Francolini Photo contributed.

Whales popped up to say hello at Audi Hamilton Race Week.

Winning Airlie builder takes out award for dream home

HOUSE OF THE YEAR: Winner of the 2016 Mackay & Whitsunday House of the Year - Coastal Edge Constructions. Built with position and lifestyle in mind, every detail has been well thought-out, from the magnificent swimming pool, to the exceptional fit and finish in every facet of the dwelling. It takes full advantage of views from Hamilton Island to the Whitsunday passage.

Mackay region builders bringing dreams homes to life

Whitsundays could be in for a wet week

RAINY DAYS: The Whitsundays could be in for a wet one this week. 
Photo Matthew Newton.

We could be in for a wet week.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

Rio 2016: So how many watched, tweeted it?

Jessica Fox in action during the Rio Games.

Tweets about #Rio2016 were viewed a staggering number of times

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Winning Airlie builder takes out award for dream home

HOUSE OF THE YEAR: Winner of the 2016 Mackay & Whitsunday House of the Year - Coastal Edge Constructions. Built with position and lifestyle in mind, every detail has been well thought-out, from the magnificent swimming pool, to the exceptional fit and finish in every facet of the dwelling. It takes full advantage of views from Hamilton Island to the Whitsunday passage.

Mackay region builders bringing dreams homes to life

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Take a look at one of Australia's most lavish houses.