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Early showers broke to blue skies for day three of the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, as the Bank of Queensland Family Challenge. The father-son teams of Win and Matt Cuddihy and Peter and Brett White were expected standouts, Alex Bulpitt also impressive to back up his old man, Graham. Festival director Phil Jarratt took to his usual stomping ground of Noosa’s First Point with his nine-year-old grandson Jackson Smith in a heartwarming display of family camaraderie.
Popular events abound for the day, with the Vans Logger Pro taking to the water mid-morning, with anticipation for the Foam Symmetry Old Mal division later in the day. Stringent rules for equipment were to be adhered to, the numerous stipulations including board width, weight and fin set up.
Fast and furious competition ensued, exceptional talent distributed across the ten round one heats of the Vans Logger Pro, and a flood of reeling waves giving the judges a very tough time to score the mass of waves ridden.
Clinton Guest was one of the many outstanding surfers in this division, validating his current title as Australian Logger Champion. Despite many outstanding performances by the likes of Isaac Fields, Zye Norris and Lawrence Harkness, surprise highlight was young Honolua Blomfield. The only girl in the 60-surfers-strong division, Honolua, fresh from being crowned as world junior girls AND boys champion in Peru, was well up among the best surfers of the event. A healthy second place sees Honolua qualify for round two in the Vans Logger Pro.
The waves reached new levels of perfection for the Noosa Longboards Men’s 60 and Over, perfectly groomed lines pouring around the corner at First Point and competitors form around Australia and the US, thrilled to score such conditions with just five of their peers.
Softer waves for the Wimmers Men’s Open required a little more finesse and a little less high performance, but blending the traditional and progressive, Remi Arauzo and Edouardo Delpero led an international charge. Critical noserides were the order of the day, and all surfers made the very best of the long, glassy, high-tide waves.
Dusting off the cobwebs, the Foam Symmetry Old Mal division was both a fantastic showcase of surfing skills on this temperamental equipment and a unique exhibition of pre-1968 surfboards.
Matty Chojnacki, arguably the finest modern exponent of the old mal style, decimated his heat, surfing his 1966 Keyo / McTavish single fin with astounding grace, glassy but fast-running waves proving incredibly challenging on boards significantly older than most of their riders. Harrison Biden was another surfer proving that age doesn’t matter, the young Noosa local piloting his Hayden triple-stringer with skill to take a confident victory.
The Foam Symmetry Old Mal also provided a convenient segue into the evening’s proceedings.
The XXXX Summer Beach. Bar hosted the welcome return of the Foam Symmetry surf auction. Boards from around the world, including original late-70s Ben Aipa stingers from Hawaii, a Californian Robert August Mal and a pair of signed Bill Wallace toothpicks.
The bar was packed for the popular event. Despite many wallets remaining firmly sealed, some outstanding sale items were a vintage Tracks magazine framed cover, featuring and signed by the late, great Michael Peterson and an original, signed Bill Wallace toothpick which found a new owner to the tune of $3,300.
Melbournian Mexi-punksters, Mesa Cosa, returned to the Zinc Stage, thrashing, bashing and crashing into the night, with the Gold Coast’s Dead Beat Band closing the curtain on day three of the cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing.
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FOAM SYMMETRY ROCKIN’ AUCTION
From 5.30pm, Monday, March 10, PJ Burns Festival Village on the beach
The Surf Auction is back! The 2014 Foam Symmetry Rockin’ Surf Auction is bringing the relics back to the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, the much-loved, eagerly anticipated event taking place at the fully licensed bar right on the sands of First Point. Free for all ages, as in previous years the auction is drawing heaps of attention and some superb examples of vintage surfcraft and collectibles.
Grey skies and a little wobble in the waves began day two, but the slight rise in swell more than compensated.
Round two of the Ocean Addicts SUP Men’s Open launched the second day, Beau Nixon a standout, living up to his Australian and defending festival champion titles.
The 23rd annual Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing kicked off in fine form for this, the first day of competition.
Launching the day’s proceedings, a dozen novice surfers took to the empty lineup of First Point Noosa for the inaugural Mojo Surf Backpacker Challenge, presented by Nomads. [Read more...]
The Little Humid Costume Party event is sure to be a hilarious addition to this years festival. Come down and check out the shenanigans on Saturday 8th March at 4pm with finals being held on Saturday 15th.
The Mojo Surf Backpacker Challenge, presented by Nomads is now open for bookings. With some fantastic packages on offer the Mojo call centre are waiting for your call. Packages include daily surf lessons, bus transport and accommodation at their purpose built surf camps. Travel up the east coast, learn to surf, meet some great friends and end your trip at the world’s biggest surf party, the Noosa Festival of Surfing. For further information or to reserve your spot call 1800 113 044 or visit www.mojosurf.com and click on ‘Live Help’. Spots are limited, don’t miss out!
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
Mojo Surf Backpacker Challenge Round 1; Disabled Surfers Association workshop; VetshopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dogs clinic; Noosa Biosphere Sustainable Surfboards Exhibition; Noosa Today Local Legends Expression Session; Little Humid Costume Party; competitor registration from 4pm; Jeep Waterman Challenge Expression Session and presentations.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
Ocean Addicts SUP Super Sunday, including Mens SUP Surf, Womens SUP Surf and 5km Ocean Race; Classic Malibu Tag Teams Challenge Round 1; Vegemite Surfgroms; Mojo Surf Backpacker Challenge semis and final; Seaglass Project Finless Pro Round 1; Miss Moneypenny’s Tandem Exhibition; World Surfaris & Matanivusi Resort Legends Expression Session; VetshopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dogs Spectacular; Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out.
MONDAY, MARCH 10
Bank of Queensland Family Challenge Rounds 1 and 2; Vans Logger Pro Round 1; Wimmer’s Men’s Amateur Open Round 1; Noosa Longboards Mens 60s Round 1; Foam Symmetry Old Mal Round 1.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11
Vans Logger Pro Rounds 2 and 3; Quiver Kaddy Mens 50s Round 1 and 2; Illusions Mens 55s Round 1 and 2; Sebel Resort Mens 40s Round 1; Noosa Longboards Mens 60s Round 2; Wimmer’s Mens Amateur Open Round 2.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12
- Vans Logger Pro semi finals; Golden Breed Noserider Round 1; Deus Womp Comp Round 1; PJ Burns Mens 65s Round 1 and 2; Noosa Longboards Mens 60s Round 3; Illusions Mens 55s Round 3; PJ Burns Mens 65s Round 2; Deus Womp Comp Round 2; Foam Symmetry Old Mal Round 2; Local Knowledge Senior Womens Round 1.
THURSDAY, MARCH 13
Sunshine Coast Airport Womens Pro Rounds 1 and 2; Quiver Kaddy Mens 50s Round 3; Foam Symmetry Old Mal Round 3 and rep final; Deus Womp Comp Round 3; PJ Burns Mens 65s Round 3; Golden Breed Noserider Round 2; Wimmer’s Mens Amateur Open Round 3; Sails All Girls Shootout.
FRIDAY, MARCH 14
Pacfic Longboarder Under 18 Boys Round 1; Adventure Sports Under 15 Boys Round 1; Under 18 Girls Round 1; Hive Womens Amateur Open Round 1; Classic Malibu Tag Teams Challenge semi finals; PJ Burns Mens 65s rep final; Noosa Longboards Mens 60s rep final; Illusions Mens 55s rep final; Quiver Kaddy Mens 50s rep final; Hive Womens Amateur Open rep final; Wimmer’s Mens Amateur Open rep final; Deus Womp Comp rep final; Adventure Sports Under 15 Boys rep final; Under 18 Girls rep final; Seaglass Project Finless Pro rep final; Golden Breed Noserider semi finals; Sunshine Coast Airport Womens Pro semi finals; World Surfaris & Matanivusi Resort Legends Expression Session.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
Finals all divisions. Little Humid Costume Party. Presentations on Zinc Beach Stage from 4pm.
Are you a surfer who lives outside the box? Do you shoot video of yourself and your mates that portrays a surfing life that’s free of all the trappings of fads and fashion? If the answer is yes, we want to see your work. Show us how your crew lives outside the box.
The Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Jeep, is proud to announce a partnership with award-winning action sports technology company Drift Innovation to present the Drift “Live Outside The Box” Video Awards. Just upload your 4-8 minute clip to YouTube and post a link to the NFOS Facebook page, tagging it “Drift Live Outside The Box by (INSERT YOUR NAME)”.
The six most viewed clips up to March 1, 2014, will win their creators a Drift HD Ghost, the most advanced self-contained POV camera in its class, plus an accessories kit (total value more than $500) and a screening during the festival at the Drift Live Outside The Box Video Awards, where a panel of esteemed surf film-makers will judge the winner.
There are no rules – we just want to see how you interpret “living outside the box” in a surfing context – but the contest is restricted to amateur filmers with no commissions or film or camera sponsorships, and we reserve the right to remove inappropriate content.