GSI Noosa Festival Of Surfing Gets Underway at Noosa

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GSI Noosa Festival Of Surfing Gets Underway at Noosa

GSI Noosa Festival Of Surfing Gets Underway at Noosa

NOOSA/QLD (11th March, 2012): THE Noosa Festival Of Surfing sponsored by Global Surf Industries has launched into a flying start for its 21st year, with a slight though highly contestable swell rolling into the natural amphitheatre of Noosa’s First Point.

“It looks like we’ll be at First Point for the next few days with the swell increasing,” speculated contest director, Phil Jarratt, with the hope of week-long contestable conditions at the world-renowned break.

Aquatic activities began bright and early to gain the most of the lower tide with the Family Challenge. The family teams of fathers, sons, daughters and siblings enjoyed the usually crowded break with only four competitors vying for waves.

1965 US champion and star of the legendary movie ‘Morning Of The Earth’ Rusty Miller made a big impact with daughter Taylor (Byron Bay) to convincingly claim their heat and local representation was strong, with Noosa’s Robert and Lindon Whitfield making a strong impression.

“It’s fantastic paddling out with my daughter,” said Miller. “She’s not that much into competition surfing, but I was watching her surfing as she free-surfs, so I was really proud of her to grit her teeth and get into this competitive aspect of surfing. It was a really good vibe out there.”

The Classic Malibu International Teams Challenge entered the water on high tide, which, despite forecasts, managed to develop an increased swell. The Teams Challenge pitted 12 squads from around the globe against each other in a tag-team event, drawing the very best skills from the representatives.

A test of mettle and stamina followed, with the five-kilometre Women’s Sunshine Coast Airport SUP race. Five one-kilometre laps of the Laguna Bay course, interspersed with beach runs not only challenged the ladies’ SUP skills but also their fitness.

But the action and events were not only reserved for competition, or humans. The VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Spectacular injected a distinctly canine flavour to the proceedings, the familiar sight of Chris De Aboitz and his hound performing for the crowds, Chris offering tips and training on those wishing to enter the waves with man’s best friend.

A feast of the famed filled the first day of the annual event, world champions and celebrities of surfing presenting a Celebrity Exhibition sponsored by Summer&Salt. Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, four times World Champion, Mark Richards, Wayne Deane and former longboard champs, Jen Smith and Taylor Jenson demonstrating the abilities that have propelled them to international stardom.

The afternoon’s events climaxed in the traditional ho’okupu ceremony, with the mixing of waters by legendary Hawaiian surfer, Larry Bertlemann, followed by a paddle-out in a blessing of the festival and the hopes of good conditions and good fortune prevailing for its duration.

“I always love the paddle-out because I’m just a very sentimental person and love the spirit behind the ho’okupu ceremony,” confessed Jarratt. “But I’m also looking forward to some great surfing in the logger event. It’s the first time we’ve had a logger here and we have some of the best exponents of that traditional style of surfing from across the globe right here in Noosa.”

The activities didn’t cease away from the beach or after sundown, and a host of post-surf entertainment will be filling the bars and venues of Noosa throughout the week, including live music, film screenings and a wealth of enjoyable events, open for everyone. Tim Gaze and Peter Howe will be launching their latest album of surf-inspired tunes, “Secret Spots: Songs For Surfers” right on the sand at First Point.

A slightly different format has been established at First Point, the beach bar opening nightly for drinks and a spectacular view of the lineup and the sunset-soaked Noosa hinterland. “Everybody seems to like the new set up,” says Jarratt. “We had a full house last night and there wasn’t even any entertainment on. It’s the best view in town, promising a huge crowd tonight when the entertainment commences With Peter Howe and Tim Gaze’s live music.”

Events continue throughout the week, both in and out of the water, with everyone welcome to get involved and plenty of exhibitors presenting the wares on the beach and the beach bar offering a fully licensed facility overlooking the rolling waves and exquisite sunsets of Laguna Bay from 4pm daily.

Visit www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com.au for further information and images of the daily events.

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