SURFING: Sibling rivalry was taken to a whole new level at the Agnes Water Surf Festival when Mudjimba brothers Vetea and Kalani Wulf met in the semi-final of the blue-riband men's shortboard division on Saturday.
Vetea (15) and Kalani (17) went toe-to-toe in 1-2ft, clean-walling surf but only one could be the winner.
It was Vetea who led the three-man heat early on, only to fall back into third at the dying stages.
Older brother Kalani asserted his dominance with a much-needed heat-high score as the final siren sounded.
Vetea said it was tough to find the right wave.
"The start of the heat was good for me, but there wasn't many waves coming through in the middle which was challenging.” he said.
Kalani played the patience game and was thrilled to progress to the final against two more Sunshine Coast brothers in Connor and Toby Lyons (Castaway's Beach) in Sunday's final.
"He (Vetea) was sitting next to me the whole time and I was checking the clock. Then I got lucky with a good one at the end. Stoked to have beaten him,” Kalani said.
The in-form Connor shapes as the one to beat in the final, after he posted one of the highest single wave scores of the competition with a 9.00 in his semi-final.
At 16, Toby will be the youngest competitor in the final.
"We've (as brothers) competed against each other before, but only in boardriders competitions,” he said.
"I'm looking forward to versing Connor in the final on Sunday.”
Earlier, champions were crowned in the Over 35 Men's Shortboard division with Coolum's Brett Smith (Coolum Beach, Queensland) delivering an exhilarating last-minute upset to clench victory over fellow Sunshine Coast local Andrew Doyle (Kuluin, Queensland) with seconds to spare in the final.
In the Under 14 Boy's Shortboard final, it was 2016 division winner Jett Dellit (Mount Coolum, Queensland) making it back to back titles in 2017. Dellit showed why he is one of the most promising up and coming junior surfers in Queensland by posting an 8.50 (out of a possible 10), the highest single wave score of the heat.
"It was a little challenging out there, but I'm stoked to come away with the trophy two years in a rowm” said Jett.
A super grom champion was also crowned late in the afternoon in the Under 10 Boy's Shortboard division. Mitchell Peterson (Noosaville, Queensland) started things off early with a heat topping first wave score of 7.67 (out of a possible 10.00). The Noosaville local held his own for the remainder of the heat, to take home the trophy in front of a crowded beach of spectators at Agnes Water beach.
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