Men’s Amateur Divisions:
Mens Open
Men’s 40 & Over
Men’s 50 & Over
Men’s 55 & Over
Men’s 60 & Over
Men’s 65 & Over
Men’s 70 & Over
Pacific Longboarder Junior Men’s (Under 18)
Boys (Under 15)

Women’s Amateur Divisions:
Women’s Open
Women’s 35 & Over
Junior Women’s (Under 18)
Girls’ (Under 15)



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Womens Open:
Pacific Longboarder Junior Men Under 18:
Boys Under 15:
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Women's 35 & over:
Men's 40 & over:
Men's 50 & over:
Men's 55 & over:
Men's 60 & over:
Men's 65 & over:
70 & Over Open:
Old Mal:
Logger Pro:
Women's Pro:
Noserider Pro:
Body Bash:

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Family Challenge
Teams Challenge


Contest Director’s Newsletter.

Edition 1: 07/01/2017

It doesn’t seem to take too long for us to rebound off 2016 and now be contemplating the Noosa Festival for 2017. I have been “visualising” a week of perfect waves at First Point for a few weeks already, as I expect many of you have also. Let’s hope it comes to pass! “Huey” has always helped us out with swell in the past. Updates of these notes will be made from time to time before the Festival start, so keep coming back and checking for news.

Our Panel of judges is set, with Nic “Zippy” Pearson as Head Judge and Keenan Roxburgh, Gabe McGee, Simon Perrot, Phil Moller, Eric Morat and Peter Medcalf. These are highly experienced and professional judges, committed to the success of our event. As usual, we will also depend on some casual assistance from the Noosa Mal Club as we have in the past for some of our special events that require extra judging input. All main panel judges hold Level 3 International Accreditation through Surfing Australia / International Surfing Association, and any other judges we use will also be accredited at some level. We take the accuracy of the judging process seriously at the Festival.

Please read the following notes carefully, as there are some additions and changes from 2016.

1. General Information & Registration:

All age divisions with 24 and above competitors will have a first round repechage, so if you had a bit of bad luck in your first heat, you can get back on the schedule and at least have another session in lovely First Point peelers. If you lose in round one, then check for your repechage heat time. Some first round repechages may be on the same day as your first heat, so check the schedule carefully.

Please check in and register on time. All registration locations and times are on the Festival website, and last-minute changes will be posted first on the festival’s Facebook Page HERE. Please don’t just turn up at the beach. If you are in a Division with a repechage and you miss your first heat, then you can still surf in your repechage. If for any reason you cannot surf, please let us know in advance and we can slot in a reserve.

All events [specialty, teams and age] must be entered through the official Noosa Festival of Surfing website and paid by credit card or by downloading the entry form and sending with a cheque to the entries address. Check the entry lists on our website to see what slots are still vacant.

The event is mobile between First Point and Access 11, Noosa West, daily, so check for our notice of the day’s location which will be placed at the First Point Podium at 6.00 am. We aim at a prompt 6.30am start, so don’t be late. We have a full schedule every day, with 20-minute heats and finals unless otherwise advised. After your heat make sure you know when you will surf next, as sometimes this may occur just a few heats later on the same day.

The official noticeboard will be next to the judging podium on the beach or when we are at First Point, it will be on the boardwalk adjacent to the Official entry to our Event HQ. The daily heat schedule and updated progression sheets for all divisions will be posted there. All official information for competitors will be there, so keep an eye on it during the day to see what’s going down. Daily schedules and heat draws will also be available online at the Noosa Festival website (www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com], and venue information and last-minute changes will be posted on the Festival Facebook Page each morning as soon as the call has been made.

Our Beach Marshal is located on the beach next to the judges’ podium. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of your heat to get your contest vest. Put it on in the presence of the Beach Marshall then at the direction of the Announcer you can enter the water [usually with 5 minutes to go]. Keep your contest vest on until you come back to the Beach Marshall and then remove it. This is essential as photos are taken at all times. Our friendly beach marshals will help you with any questions you may have.

On the paddle out, please keep well clear of the competitors in the current heat. Competitors Note: BE SELECTIVE WITH YOUR WAVES. ONLY CATCH WAVES THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE YOUR SCORE. You will be scored on the best two [2] rides you make, USUALLY THE MAXIMUM YOU ARE ALLOWED TO CATCH IS 10 FOR ANY HEAT. The Beach Marshal will have the heat instructions posted at the table for you to read [duration of heat, number of waves, paddle out time, designated right of way situation for interferences]. Please check this personally.

Please read the event waiver posted on the notice board at the daily event site and on your entry form. This forms part of your entry agreement and obligations for our event.

Note that the surfboard specifications are NOT the same for all longboard divisions. Boys & Girls Under 15 Division is set at 8-foot and Over. Other Divisions to meet the current longboard 47” aggregate and 9-foot length. Logger Pro has its own specifications [see below] and all the other divisions are HP [High Performance]. This means multiple fins are allowed, but a traditional plan shape must be used. It is allowable for logger boards to be used in the HP divisions, but obviously not the reverse. LENGTH is measured along the stringer on the deck. SUP specifications are open, except that artificial aids to hold the rider to the board are not allowed. All events are conducted under the Surfing Australia Contest Rulebook.

All our event staff are approachable, experienced and happy to give you answers or chase up the information for you. Just ask!

2. Results and Locations:

The age events are all being conducted under the Surfing Australia Contest Rules and your two [2] best waves will make up your score. Quality not quantity will win the day!Our event permit locations will be First Point and Access 11. As you are all aware, First Point is our “prime location”. As a competitor you must keep up to date with where and when your heat is to be held. If we move between locations, we will be as fast as possible and keep the event flowing. Don’t be late for your heat. In any heat, if you are not present to collect your contest vest when the heat starts, you may arrive later and still collect your vest and enter the water for the duration remaining. In divisions with repechage you will also have the option of taking your place in the repechage if you have missed your first round heat [& thus finished in the last 3 places]. No substitutions will be allowed unless the Contest Director has been informed of your inability to compete at least 30 minutes before the heat starts. To give reserves a fighting chance of getting a start, please advise any changes as soon as possible.We try to update progression sheets during the day as results come in, so you can check out your next heat and who you are up against. Heat forward seeding numbers are included on the progression sheets so you can path your progress yourself, but make sure you double check with the official sheets to make sure. The final daily results will be uploaded to the websites by early evening.

3. Special Notes for Divisions:


A Festival “flag bearer” for 2017. Noseriding, walking the board, traditional surfing moves, positioning and style will be highlights. Fun and entertaining surfing is what we will see. We have 8 seeded surfers coming into round 3 of the draw. PLEASE READ THE PROGRESSION LISTING CAREFULLY. R1 1st and 2nd into R3, 3rd into R2. R2 has 5 surfer heats and 2 progress to R3. R3 onward are 4 surfer heats.

LOGGER Pro EQUIPMENT RULES are as follows: [extract from Surfing Australia Rulebook].


  • The board length is minimum 9 feet measured from the nose to the tail on the deck of the surfboard
  • The width dimensions are to be a total minimum 51 inches in aggregate. This is the total of the widest point, plus the width 12 inches up from the tail and 12 inches back from the nose
  • The board will have a single central fin that may be permanently fixed or attached via a fin box. There must be no provision for any other fin configuration
  • The rails of the surfboard will be 50/50 or 60/40 from nose to tail
  • The board will have no resin edge from rail to tail
  • The fin will be at least 8 inches from its mounted base to the highest point
  • A provision for attaching a leg rope should be attached/inserted into the surfboard. The use of leg ropes will be determined by the conditions and at the Contest Director’s discretion.
  • The board will weigh a minimum of six (6) kilograms.


The degree of commitment to the key aspects of these criteria will determine the scoring outcome.

“The surfer must perform a variety of traditional longboard manoeuvres in the critical sections of the wave with continual motion, style and grace.
The surfer must display uninterrupted flow with control of the surfboard with emphasis on creativity and the linking of manoeuvres over the entire duration of the ride.
The surfer who performs to the criteria above, exhibiting the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves shall maximise his/her scoring potential.”

The following manoeuvres are considered to be more traditionally based and should be considered when scoring logger surfing in a competition environment.
There are some manoeuvres that “cross-over” all surfing disciplines, however there can be a more traditional approach that is obvious with these manoeuvres especially with the constraints of the design of the logger boards.
The words: continual motion, flow, style and grace directly relate to how the surfer reads the wave and performing the manoeuvres that “fit” to the wave.

  • Stylish and flowing traditional elements will become obvious when the surfer is committing to the entire criteria
  • Classic nose rides are usually best when the walk to the nose is set up by a tail stall or directly in from the arc of a turn
  • Nose rides – touch 5 and 10’s and extended 5’s and 10’s
  • Cheater 5 nose rides
  • Cross-stepping and reverse walks
  • Layback cutbacks
  • Cutbacks – Drop knee, cross step, roundhouse
  • Tube rides – Cover-ups
  • Re-entries – Off the face and lip
  • Bottom turns
  • Fade takeoffs
  • Stalling and trimming
  • Side slides
  • Hawaiian pullout
  • Minor and transitional manoeuvres are considered to have little scoring potential in the competition system


24 starters with 4 seeds coming into Round 2. R1 is 6 surfer-heats.
PLEASE READ THE PROGRESSION LISTING CAREFULLY. R1 1st, 2nd & 3rd progress into R2 where they will meet 4 seeds. R2 has 4 surfer heats and 2 progress to Semi-Finals. R2 onward are 4 surfer-heats.


Competitors will be seeded into each heat and their noseriding total time will rank them.

Times of all surfers in each round will be considered together and the best times chosen to progress. [R1 best 16, R2 best 8, SF best 4 to final]. Five [5] wave maximum, with best 2 wave scores counted. We have 8 seeded surfers into round 2 of the draw.

Core Rules: Each board will be taped 50cm back from the nose. The rider will be timed for his time in front of the line [WHILE HE/SHE IS HANGING FIVE] with a BONUS for any time he HANGS TEN. Two judges will evaluate each rider individually so the timing is as accurate as possible. This means we will be running a 10 judge panel during these heats. Hanging Ten will be defined as “both feet relatively together on the nose with all toes over”.

d. OLD MAL Division boards used must be produced prior to 1968. An appointed “eminent historical sub-committee” chaired by the Contest Director, will adjudicate on any protest regarding equipment.

I realise your team will be “pawing” over this criteria. Having your dog on board for maximum time with attitude and both dog and rider walking with style not shuffling, will be a key element.

f. ALL AGE DIVISIONS will be 20-minute heats and finals. All the age events are nonprizemoney and will be judged on the normal Surfing Australia High-Performance Longboard criteria, using normal longboard specifications [9-foot length and 47” aggregate].

g. THE GORDON & SMITH ‘SWITCH’ is a new format where surfers are required to ride both a short and long board during each heat. The changeover point is in the hands of the surfer, likewise the order of use of the equipment. Our judges will apply the appropriate criteria to the equipment being used at the time. Best single wave on each board type will be added to decide a winner. Round 1 will contain 6 surfer-heats, with only each heat winner progressing to the grand final.
When we get some nice First Point Peelers we will see a great display, by a group of distinguished invitees.

h. JUNIOR DIVISIONS have a change of program due to the tight schedule. We will have first round Under 15 heats of Boys on the first Sunday [5th] and will again take up most of Friday with remaining heats up to Finals, so a minimum of time off school is required. Any Boys missing round 1 can still take their place in the R2 repechage heats.

i. CHAPARRAL WAKESURF CHALLENGE will be run on Sunday and Thursday.  The course is offshore from the contest site and 4 x 10-minute heats will be run. Local riders will take on the team riders in this challenge.  WAKESURF Judging is similar to shortboard CRITERIA:

  1. Most difficult manoeuvres.
  2. Manoeuvres with most power.
  3. Manoeuvres with most style.
  4. Manoeuvres with most progression (charging the manoeuvre as opposed to attempting it with caution).
  5. New age manoeuvres presented successfully.
  6. Activity ( time spent being progressive, endurance of rider).
  7. Wake usage (using the whole wake, especially far back where it is most difficult to recover).

Well, that’s the wrap up for 2017 events. Quite a bit of new news, but the overall scheduling of the event is consistent with former years. We will be doing our best to keep the event flowing smoothly, so you can all enjoy the spectacle.

Remember to come back and check this space for periodic updates of this newsletter.

See you on the beach.

Alan Atkins
Contest Director

Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017.

The Garage Handplanes Body Bash is back again for 2017. We are using a combination of recognised bodysurfing rules and our own contest rules for this division.

Judges will consider wave selection, quality of takeoff, position in wave, style, length of ride (face of wave), manoeuvres and originality.

10 wave maximum per heat. A maximum of 10 points can be obtained on each ride. Points for each contestant’s top 2 rides will be added together to determine their final score. If there is a tie, the top wave and then additional waves 3, 4, etc will be included to break the tie at the first opportunity.

Cutoffs will be harshly judged!! First person in the wave has priority. If two contestants enter wave at same time person closest to the peak has priority. Cutoffs will be decided by a majority vote of judges. There will be a LOSS of 5 points for a cutoff.EQUIPMENT – Swim fins, wetsuits and hand planes /gloves are allowable equipment.

Swim fins, wetsuits and hand planes /gloves are allowable equipment.

Check-in to collect your coloured contest cap is about 10 minutes before your heat is to start. Final heat directions will be given by the Beach Marshall. Wear your contest cap to and from the water and return promptly to the Beach Marshall after completing your heat.

Each heat is 20 minutes long. One horn blast start your heat and two blasts finish the heat. A green disk will be shown at the start of the heat, this will change to yellow with 5 minutes remaining and be turned sideways when your heat finishes. Return immediately to shore.

BEACH or WATER STARTS may be used. You will get instructions from the Beach Marshall.

Any protest must be made in writing within 15 minutes of the heat being completed.

The following judging criteria will be applied irrespective of the board sizes. Check our website for race board specifications and divisions.
Our two Divisions are listed below. Note that the 10′ Plus SUP Division is new to our program and is most easily understood as a “logger version” of the SUP.

“A surfer must perform radical, controlled manoeuvres, using the paddle as a key tool, in the critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximise scoring potential.
Innovative/progressive surfing as well as variety of repertoire [manoeuvres], and the functional use of the paddle to increase the intensity of the manoeuvres, will all be taken into account when awarding points for SUP surfing.
The SUP surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves will be rewarded with the higher scores.

Please refer to the Logger longboard judging criteria [above], which will be applied to this discipline, with the addition of the “SUP scoring guidelines” following.

The judging scale will be the normal 10 point scale with normal ISA/SA contest rules applying.
The aggregate of the best 2 rides will decide the final score for each surfer.
The surfer must have forward momentum under the wave generated power, to be deemed a scoring ride.
To the best of a rider’s ability he/she is expected to stand up on the board at all times throughout the heat, unless the situation of safety dictates otherwise. However this will not have a bearing on any of the scoring.
Entry into the wave should be by paddling in the standing position to enable the maximum score. Footwork, nose riding and flow points will be scored, but this will be done in their relationship to the criteria and degree of difficulty and critical nature of board positioning. In some cases, and speciality events, beach starts can be used as an alternative method to start a heat, under the consultation of the Contest Director and Head Judge.

The paddle is used in turns as a brace, a pivot, and a force multiplier. A surfer will be scored higher when he uses the paddle in some, or all, of these three ways to achieve sharper or more powerful turns. Use of the paddle on the inside rail or the outside rail will have no difference to the degree of difficulty of the manoeuvre.
Tricks such as twirling or otherwise using the paddle in a non-functional manner will earn no extra score for the surfer.
Good SUP transition time [end of one wave to paddle-in to next one] should be spent standing and paddling with good technique and stable wave negotiation. Kneeling, lying or sitting whilst paddling, unless necessary for safety, or just sitting on the board while waiting for a wave, is regarded as bad SUP form.
Note the critical element: To the best of a rider’s ability he / she are expected to stand up on the board at all times throughout the heat, unless and only if, the situation of safety dictates otherwise and a surfer must prone paddle to avoid hazardous situations.
Judges will monitor all contestants and where this rule is not being respected they [in majority] will by the beach announcer deliver a first warning to put the offending surfer on notice. If a second situation arises the HJ will issue a notice of a non-priority interference.



TEAM CHALLENGE MAIN RULES & PENALTIES:[check Surfing Australia Rulebook at http://joom.ag/hUsb ], but your essential rules are as follows]:
1. 4 surfers make up a team [no designation, you decide].
2. surfers enter the water in a declared order that they decide themselves.
3. each surfer can catch up to 2 waves but only the best one is counted. If a surfer chooses the first wave then they can leave the water immediately.
4. The event runs like a “relay” for those new to this event [probably over 30 minutes per heat, nominally 7 minutes per surfer]. team boxes are on the beach, first surfer leaves box on siren to start, rides waves, return to box and tags next surfer on body to changeover.
New surfer must be tagged inside the box. Final surfer crosses into box to finish.
5. Final team member must be back in the box within the time or a 5 point penalty is applied.


2-person teams of 2 generations of same family, e.g. father/son, mother/daughter, uncle/nephew, grandfather/grandson. No sibling teams allowed. All surfboards allowed but judged on longboard criteria.
Each Heat will consist of 3 teams [6 surfers] each surfer wearing separate colored vests. All normal event rules will apply as in other age divisions. Surfers may ride a maximum of 10 waves each with the best single wave score of each team member added together to make up the total team score.