With the international longboarding community still abuzz with the news of its return, the Noosa Festival of Surfing proudly opens entry today, keeping the stoke alive for its 28th annual celebration of surfing in 2019.
With a reduced timeframe, next year’s event – under the collaborative new management of the Noosa Malibu Club and World Surfaris – will have an abridged list of divisions, squeezing as much stoke as possible into five days of competition, events and activities.
Though the divisions may have been whittled somewhat, the inclusiveness of the Festival certainly has not, with ample opportunity for surfers of all ages and genders to take part. Competitors from around with world have been expressing great interest in the Festival’s revival, thrilled that it will once more be taking place in the perfect waves of Noosa’s First Point. Entrants are encouraged to enter early, as most of the divisions have number limits.
Age Divisions will range from under 15s to pension-collectors, with the addition of an extra senior women’s division – the inaugural Over 50s. Men will have an amalgamated field, with 45, 55 and 65 and Over age brackets now accounting for all senior men’s divisions.
Both men and women will also receive an open division, while the firm favourite Logger and LadyLogger Pro competitions will return. As a reminder of surfing’s halcyon days, the Old Mal remains on the card.
Lastly, teams will be given the opportunity to go head to head in the fast and furious Teams Challenge. The exciting and dynamic event pits teams of four against one another in a 30-minute mad-dash tag team contest that is as exciting to watch from terra firma as it is to take part in. There will also be an opportunity to “buy” a pro surfer to join your team at a charity dinner to be held on Sunday 3 March 2019. More details will be available shortly.
2018 Division Winners & Defending Champions:
Men’s Logger Pro: Zye Norris (QLD)
LadyLogger Pro: Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
Old Mal: Jack Norton (NSW)
Men’s Open: Nic Jones (QLD)
Women’s Open: Soleil Errico (USA)
Men’s 40 & Over: Damian Coulter (QLD)
Men’s 55 & Over: Glen Gower (QLD)
Men’s 65 & Over: Bruce Channon (NSW)
Women’s 35 & Over: Kristy Quirk (QLD)
Men’s Under 18: Kaniela Stewart (HAW)
Women’s Under 18: Soleil Errico (USA)
Boys’ Under 15: Tommy Coleman (USA)
Girls’ Under 15: Liliana Bowrey (QLD)
Teams Challenge: Team Surf Relik
Photo: Defending Logger Pro champion and Noosa local, Zye Norris. ©Surfshots NoosaRead more articles