GOING FOR IT: Amber Dods in action at Agnes Water.
GOING FOR IT: Amber Dods in action at Agnes Water. John Andrews

Surfers on fire at a cool Agnes

NOOSA surfers have shone brightly at the Agnes Water Surf Festival, with Peregian Springs surfer Jarrod Sunderland taking out the blue ribbon Open Men's Shortboard division

With an increase in swell overnight, Sunderland last Sunday was quick to take advantage of clean conditions against a competitive field.

Using his experience to his advantage, Sunderland showed the youngsters his aerial game with some explosive free surfing in the shorebreak.

"These kids are really fast and well suited to the conditions but I got lucky. It can be a hard wave to surf at times, but I'm really happy to be surfing somewhere different,” Sunderland said.

Castaways Beach brothers Connor and Toby Lyons made it a Noosa trifecta by taking out second and third respectively after surfing impressively to make it through to the final.

Connor went into the final with confidence, posting one of the highest single wave scores of the competition so far with a 9 in his semi final.

Younger brother Toby at 16 years of age was the youngest competitor in the final.

"We've (Connor) competed against each other before, but only in boardriders competitions.

"I'm looking forward to versing Connor in the final on Sunday,” he said before the final.

The Open Women's Shortboard was a triumph for 17-year-old Sunrise Beach Surfer Amber Dods showing her trademark style and flow to impress the judges in 2-3ft (1-1.5m) conditions.

"It can be really competitive out there, but we're all good friends.

"I've been here since Thursday getting familiar with the conditions, which helps,” Dods said.

And Noosaville young gun Mitchell Peterson topped things Saturday taking out the Under 10 Boy's shortboard division.

Peterson made the most of the 1-2ft surf, which provided clean walling waves all day and started things off early with a heat-topping first wave score of 7.67.


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