Festival of Surfing hits Noosa

14 Mar 2011 0

Noosa festival of Surfing
Monday, March 14, 2011
Words by Bridget Reedman


“Nine days of pure stoke” is how festival director Phil Jarratt is describing the 2011 Noosa Festival of Surfing. The week long festival involves all aspects of the longboarding sport and lifestyle. Surfing contests for men, women, all age groups, specialty boards and surfcraft, auctions, art, films, entertainment, markets, music and shaping demonstrations are in the line up.

The journey to the festival is long for some surfers, travelling from all over the world, making their pilgrimage to the 20th annual Noosa Festival of Surfing presented by Global Surf Industries, some making their way from Taiwan, Hawaii and New Calendonia.

It all kicked off Saturday, when the Corporate Cup Team Challenge was held in two foot, slightly onshore conditions. The Coastalwatch team came in second with John Charlton captaining.

The surf industry dinner was held Saturday evening, with an auction of surf paraphernalia to raise support for people affected by floods in Queensland. Paul Witzig’s presentation of “Secrets of the Trilogy”, the recently remastered three films The Hot Generation, Evolution and Sea of Joy was the highlight of the evening. Wayne Lynch, Bob McTavish and Reno Abellira commented on the challenges and triumphs of board design from 1969-72 in the testing grounds of Hawaiian waves.

The Seaglass Poject Finless Pro launched on Sunday, the first ever finless professional competition event. Architect of The Seaglass Project Tuna model board, Tom Wegener came a close second in the finless pro.

Reno Abellira and Barry McGuigan, led a traditional ho’okupu ceremony to open the festival, followed by hundreds of surfers paddling out en mass to join hands and bless the waters of the festival.

Many more events around this event enrich the celebration of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, including the Bobby Brown tribute exhibition presented by Andrew McKinnon, and the Turning Point 1970 surf portrait exhibition by Rusty Miller.

For more information about the 20th annual Noosa Festival of Longboarding, head to the event website...

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