Logger Pro Spearheads Day Three Action at GSI Noosa Festival Of Surfing
NOOSA/QLD (13th March, 2012: THE increasingly popular Logger Pro, sponsored by Laguna Bay Longboards, launched proceedings of day three of the 2012 GSI Noosa Festival Of Surfing, and First Point Noosa again delivered. Small, clean waves peeled through the early morning rain squall but forecasts caused a stir, for the day, but more so for the week ahead.
Californian World Longboard champ, Jen Smith, one of the very few ladies of the newly founded division, surfed excellently against her male peers to gain a place in round three, but it was those with local knowledge that had both the upper hand and the crowd’s attention.
Bowie Pollard held on through the rapidly-peeling low tide waves, rarely returning from the nose to clock up some very long rides and exceptional scores. Former world champion and Noosa’s favourite son, Josh Constable blended performance with the traditional, solid noserides interspersed with big turns off the lip.
But Matt Cuddihy was the man of the match, his ability to read one of his home breaks paying dividends and a collection of outstanding scores giving him a convincing advance into round three.
“I’ve been waiting for [a logger division] for the past 15 years. It’s great to see the inclusion of a division devoted it – it keeps the surfing stylish. There are a lot of good surfers in this division. I think local knowledge always helps, but other competitors such as Josh Constable and Harrison Roach.” Riding a stringerless Thomas Bexon single fin, Cuddihy has been challenging his shaper at his own game, Bexon also an outstanding contestant in the Logger division. “It’s a perfect board for this event, it has heaps of flex, is stable and noserides superbly.”
A day off tomorrow allows the loggers a breather before entering the semis on Thursday.
Diplomacy can sometimes be a little thin on the ground between surfers and SUP riders, but the finals of the Sunshine Coast Airport SUP Opens certainly made the more conventional boardriders reassess their opinions. The outstanding heats were lead by Jackson Close on the men’s side and the dynamic Hawaiian surfer Mariko Strickland outshone adversaries in the women’s. Close repeating his form of the previous day, burying his paddle to assist him through staggeringly hard cutbacks. Whilst the little girl from Hawaii was all about finesse, whipping her board around in a manner belying its length and volume.
Both surfers claimed the titles, presentations taking place overlooking the battleground of First Point at the festival’s beach bar.
The Men’s Open Amateurs sponsored by longtime festival sponsor and long-established local shapers Classic Malibu were a smorgasbord of styles and equipment. With the swell yet to rise to significant proportions, some contestants repeated their decisions of yesterday, favouring traditional single-fins to best utilize the minimal waves. Some surfers, such as Noosa local Teruman Yamamoto, are very distinctly traditional in their approach, decidedly the preferable style given the conditions.
Nick Farago (NSW) had a very strong heat, two solid scores securing a definitive win in the round’s final heat, while the young Reunion Island surfer, Remy Darkis, stood strong against stiff competition to advance to the next round, the quarter finals taking place in the latter part of the day’s proceedings.
The Sunshine Coast lived up to it’s name, a glorious afternoon unfurling as the quarter finals of the Laguna Bay Longboards Logger division commenced. Harrison Roach erupted into his heat early, with an exquisite ride earning him a near-perfect score and, despite his second wave being of only a mid-range score, placed him in the lead for almost the entire duration of the heat. Matt Cuddihy repeated his form, and Sydney surfer, Matt Chojnacki, proved himself a textbook exponent of the genre, faultless drop-knee turns and superb noserides producing a definitive win for the young man.
The Smythes inc Over-55s defying the hands of time in the afternoon proved that surfers not only never grow up but also never lose their flair, perhaps a more sedate approach to waveriding being taken, but no less skillful than those in the Open divisions. Local shaper, Billy Tolhurst led a stellar heat, his namesake, Billy Neves joining him for a thrilling afternoon’s surfing. The old guys still know how to entertain.
The Classic Malibu Open Men’s division entered round three as the sun crept towards the horizon, the contestants vying for the final places in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Acoustic tunes wafted across the evening air, with Peter Howe and Tim Gaze again bringing their familiar sound, so entrenched in Australia’s surfing history, to Noosa’s Main Beach, and Noosa Longboards’ Pete Cullen enjoyed the reunion of his band, sharing their summer sounds with the crowd.
With competitor draws and the giveaway of a superb Deus Ex Machina surfboard encouraging crowds to attend the post-surf entertainment, the lucky few questioned whether Christmas had come early, as jealous stares chilled their napes, but all in good spirits and all with the delightful camaraderie shared in such abundance at the Noosa Festival Of Surfing.
Age divisions enter the water early tomorrow, before the anticipated SeaGlass Project finless challenge kicks off a little after 9:30.
Visit www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com for further information and images of the daily events.
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