In idyllic, postcard conditions at Agnes Water it was Troy Mothershead (USA) and Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads, NSW) who shone the brightest, taking the inaugural Smarts Concrete Agnes Water Longboard Classic presented by Sandcastles.
Having seen a congregation of the best longboard riders in the world, the final day of Smarts Concrete Agnes Water Longboard Classic presented by Sandcastles did not disappoint, with big scores and great waves on offer.
As the best in the business revelled in the one-metre conditions on Queensland’s famed Discovery Coast, it was Mothershead and Williams who were in a league of their own.
Pitted against a world-class calibre in the final, Mothershead defeated three WLT competitors on his way to the crown – Jared Neal (Coffs Harbour, NSW), Taylor Jensen (USA) and Jackson Close (Currumbin, QLD) – in an entertaining encounter.
“I never ever expected to win,” Mothershead beamed after his win.
“The level of talent in the final was through the roof.”
Having gotten off to a great start in the final, Mothershead held his nerve towards the latter stages, staving off possible comeback’s from all three
“I managed to grab a couple of really solid early waves and my momentum and confidence just grew,” he said.
Having never before seen the beauty and surfing capabilities of the Discovery Coast, Mothershead, a study abroad student, was more than impressed with what he saw.
“This is my first time here,” he stated.
“It’s a beautiful place, that has so much potential, hopefully one day I can come here an score it good.
“I’m studying abroad until May, so to win and make a bit of money is awesome,” he added.
Whilst in the final of the women’s division it was reining Australian champion, Williams, who took the spoils of victory.
“I’m really happy to get the win,” she said after racking up a total heat score of 11.20 (out of a possible 20).
Finishing ahead of 2007 WLT World Champion Jennifer Smith (USA), Georgia Young (WA) and Rosie Locke (QLD), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Williams was humble in victory.
“I’m surprised to walk away with the title as the girls were surfing so well and the competition was really hard,” she admitted.
“It’s definitely good to get one back over Jen (Smith) after she completely dominated everything I competed in last year.”
Having had her eyes firmly set on the prize well before the beginning of the event, Williams was focussed to do well.
“I came into this event wanting to start the year off well, to win is amazing and I’ll take this confidence through to the rest of 2009,” she stated.
“Celebrations will be sweet tonight.”