DIVISIONS

Men’s Amateur Divisions:
Laguna Real Estate Mens Open
Stratogen Men’s 40 & Over
World Surfaris Men’s 50 & Over
Salt Magazine Men’s 55 & Over
Kennards Hire Men’s 60 & Over
Men’s 65 & Over
Men’s 70 & Over
Pacific Longboarder Junior Men’s (Under 18)
Surf Lifesaving Sunscreen Boys Under 15

Women’s Amateur Divisions:
Women’s Open
Sun & Earth Women’s 35 & Over
Noosa Juniors Women’s (Under 18)
Bondi Bandits Girls’ Under 15

Pro Divisions:
Old Mal
Logger Pro
LadyLogger Pro
Noserider Pro
Garage Handplanes Body Bash

COMPETITOR DIVISION LISTS

Laguna Real Estate Men's Open:
Womens Open:
Pacific Longboarder Junior Men's Under 18:
Surf Lifesaving Sunscreen Boys' Under 15:
Noosa Juniors Women's Under 18:
Bondi Bandits Girls' Under 15:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun & Earth Women's 35 & over:
Stratogen Men's 40 & over:
World Surfaris Men's 50 & over:
Salt Magazine Men's 55 & over:
Kennards Hire Men's 60 & over:
Men's 65 & over:
70 & Over Open:
Old Mal:
Logger Pro:
LadyLogger Pro:
Noserider Pro:
Garage Handplanes Mens Body Bash:
Garage Handplanes Womens Body Bash:
Family Challenge
Teams Challenge

RULES

Contest Director’s Newsletter.

Edition 1:    01/011/2017

The Noosa Festival for 2018 is just around the corner again.  This year there are a few event changes, so please read through the following information carefully.

We are still a long way out from starting day and many decisions are still to be made about event progressions and competitor numbers.  As the entries are opened for the respective divisions we will be reviewing final numbers and fitting them into our program.  Our program of events is always full so get your entry in early to ensure you have a slot. Last minute decision makers may be disappointed.

Updates to this Newsletter will be made from time to time before the Festival starts, so keep coming back and checking the edition number [see above].

We are in the process of confirming our judging panel for 2018.  We expect that our successful panel of 2017 will return. These are highly experienced and professional judges, fully accredited and committed to the success of our event.  As usual, we will also depend on some casual assistance from the Noosa Malibu Club as we have in the past for some of our special events that require extra judging input, like the Noserider.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Competitor entries are available online or by downloading the entry form and emailing to admin@noosafestivalofsurfing.com. Online entries close on 1 March, 2018, or when the division fills. If the division you wish to enter is full please email your name, division and phone number to admin@noosafestivalofsurfing.com, to be placed on the reserves list. (Competitor division lists in the tabs above).

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. If you lose in round one, then check for your repechage heat time.  Some first round repechage heats may be on the same day as your first heat, so check the schedule carefully.

If for any reason you are unable to make your heat, please inform event management at admin@noosafestivalofsurfing.com ASAP so that we can slot in a reserve. Reserves can only take a place if there has been a personal official withdrawal made at least 2 hours before the heat. Please note, no refunds available after 1 March, 2018.

If you miss your first heat and you are in a division with a repechage final, then you can still surf in your repechage so long as you contact event management at admin@noosafestivalofsurfing.com at least 30 minutes before the heat you will be missing.

If you arrive late for a heat, please see the Beach Marshal for further direction.

All competitors will receive a t-shirt & competitor goody bag. Pick up times & location will be promoted on the Festival website and Facebook page.

Our Beach Marshal is located on the beach next to the judges’ podium.  Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of your heat to get your contest vest.  Put it on in the presence of the Beach Marshal 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 Marshal and then remove it.  This is essential as photos may be 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 & LadyLogger Pro Divisions have their own specifications [see below] and all the other divisions are HP [High Performance]. This [HP] 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. All events are conducted under the Surfing Australia Contest Rulebook.

All age divisions will be 20-minute heats and finals, 15 minutes repechage.  All the age events are non-prize money and will be judged on the normal Surfing Australia High-Performance Longboard criteria, using normal longboard specifications [9-foot length and 47” aggregate].

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!

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

RESULTS AND LOCATIONS:

The event is mobile between First Point and Access 11, Noosa West, daily, so check for our notice board for the day’s location which will be placed at the First Point Carpark 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.  ALL REPECHAGE HEATS WILL BE 15 MINUTES, BEST 2 WAVES. 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 will be posted on the Festival Facebook page each morning as soon as the call has been made.

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.

We try to update progression sheets on the Noticeboard 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.

We are working on a new system this year which will allow you to follow results on our official website as each heat is officially concluded. Stay tuned for details.

You can find out more information, including download links, for our all-new App HERE.

In addition to including surf reports, galleries, results and all upcoming schedules, the App also allows us to send you push notifications of vital information, including up-to-the-minute changes in heat times and competition location.

We will always do our best to keep on track and compete at First Point, but this App provides the perfect tool to let you know of any changes the moment they happen.

SPECIAL NOTES FOR DIVISIONS:

Logger Pro & LadyLogger Pro Divisions

A Festival “flag bearer” for 2018. Noseriding, walking the board, traditional surfing moves, positioning and style will be highlights.

In the Logger Pro 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.

In the LadyLogger Pro, we have 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.

Logger Equipment Rules are as follows: [extract from Surfing Australia Rulebook].

Logger Specifications:

  • 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 determined by the conditions and at the Contest Director’s discretion.
  • The board will weigh a minimum of six (6) kilograms.

Logger Judging Criteria:

“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.”

Logger Scoring Guidelines and Manoeuvres

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 – noserides, 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.

Golden Breed Noserider Pro:

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 4 of 20 progress to join 4 finalists from 2017 and 4 invitees in R2]. R2 best 4 of 12 to final].   Five [5] wave maximum, with best 2 wave scores counted.

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”.

Family Teams Challenge:

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.

Old Mal:

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.

Teams Challenge: will feature 24 teams, each of four [4] surfers.

All heats will be running with 6 teams, so action will be fast and furious. 50% progression.    ALL rounds of the Teams Challenge have a heat time of 30 minutes with the best single wave of each surfer counting [maximum 2 waves per surfer may be ridden].

All teams must submit their list of competitors in order they will surf, and also nominating any substitute surfers (max 2 allowed) who may be called in later rounds.

Please note: a surfer can only be nominated in 1 team throughout event. Team lists need to be emailed to info@noosafestivalofsurfing.com no later than Friday prior to the event.

Team Challenge main rules and 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.

VetshopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Championship: is back with a record number of starters. Teams 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. What a great way to “bond” with your pooch!

The Garage Handplanes Body Bash is back again for 2018. We are using a combination of recognised bodysurfing rules and our own contest rules for this division.

Body Bash Judging – Judges will consider wave selection, quality of takeoff, position in wave, style, length of ride (face of wave), manoeuvers and originality.

Scoring – 10 wave maximum per heat.  A maximum of 10 points can be obtained on each ride. Points for each contestants 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 – 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.

Check-In – Check-in to collect your coloured contest cap is about 20 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.

Heats – 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 Marshal.

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

Junior divisions: are set to start Friday 16 March, 2018 at the moment, with some overflow of heats into first thing Saturday morning before the other finals start.

Well, that’s the rundown for 2018.  We all hope that you enjoy the “stoke” for this year.

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

Enjoy your surfing!

Alan Atkins

– Technical Manager
Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing 2018.

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.

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

SCORING:
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:
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.

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

CHECK-IN:
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.

HEATS:
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.

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

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.

FAMILY CHALLENGE

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.