News From The Noosa Festival

9 Sep 2010 0

Golden Breed Noosa Pro to kick off 2011 LQS tour
The Golden Breed Mens Pro at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Global Surf Industries, will be the first Australian event of the ASP Australasian longboard tour, it was announced this week. The LQS 1-star and a women’s pro event will be followed a week later by a second leg of the tour at the Malfunction on the NSW Tweed Coast, and a third leg at the Whalebone Classic in WA later in the year.

New Zealand’s Hyundai four event domestic tour finishes a week before the Noosa festival, making Australasia a more appealing trip for pros than it has been for years.

Golden Breed’s return as men’s pro sponsor removes the cloud that has been hanging over the future of Australian pro longboarding all winter, since plans for a major world tour event in Noosa failed to materialise. The Malfunction and Perth’s winter Whalebone Classic were also in doubt as pro events, but after intensive negotiations with ASP in Coolangatta last week, all three events signed off on keeping the pro tour alive in 2011.

Said Noosa Festival director Phil Jarratt: “Very few people are going to get rich as pro longboarders, but what guided our decision was the fact that there are a couple of hundred truly elite longboarders out there who want to compete at the highest level. The ASP has recognised that these are difficult times, and they have joined with the events to ensure the future of a pro tour.”

LQS Pro entries through ASP regional offices later in the year.

Classic Malibu Sponsors New Clubs Challenge At Noosa Festival
Sixteen of the best longboard clubs in the world will battle it out in a tag team tussle for supremacy at the 2011 Noosa Festival of Surfing. The inaugural Classic Malibu Teams Challenge will see Australia’s leading clubs take on invited clubs from California, Hawaii, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Taiwan and Japan.

Classic Malibu’s Peter and Janet White said they were delighted to be backing an event that puts the focus back on clubs. “Club comps are the grass roots of surfing, and within longboarding it’s great to see a resurgence of interest in them. Our own club, Noosa Malibu Club, is as strong as it’s ever been, and after the success of our challenge against the Malibu Surfing Association at this year’s festival, we’re looking forward to taking on clubs from around the world in the spirit of friendly competition,” said Peter.

Festival director Phil Jarratt said he was stoked that Classic Malibu had come on board to support the new event, as well as its long-term sponsorship of the open men’s amateur division. “Classic Malibu has supported our event since it began, as well as supporting the Noosa club over a very long time, so this sponsorship is a natural fit.”

Invited clubs will be asked to field a team of four surfers – one open age man and woman, plus one junior (under 18) and one senior (over 50). The event will be held over the first weekend of the festival, March 12-13.

Full details and entry forms will be available later this month. All enquiries to Sam Smith on info@noosafestivalofsurfing.com

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