Duct Tape invitee Alex Knost - photo from Natahn Oldfield's The Heart & The Sea


NOOSA UPDATE
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

With just eight weeks to go before the Noosa Crick’s Jeep Festival of Surfing, Festival Director Phil Jarratt has all the latest news

Win a World Surfaris/Ocean Divine Maldives surf holiday

Quite simply, this is the best competitor draw prize we have ever offered. A week for two on the magnificent Ocean Divine, surfing the glorious atolls of the Maldives, flying in style with Singapore Airlines…I’m drooling as I write this, and it’s all courtesy of Shaun Levings and his team at World Surfaris, and Ocean Divine. You can read all about it on the festival website, but remember, one person in about 450 is going to win this puppy, so the odds are better than Lotto, and you can earn extra chances in the draw by filling out the competitor survey (coming soon) or running up a loyalty account in the Beach Bar. There will also be plenty of fantastic consolation prizes including surfboards.

The big Maldives surf trip prize will be drawn at the presentations on Saturday 16th, but throughout the week we’ll also be conducting a Happy Hour Bar Draw for surfboard prizes, so even if you’ve lost your heat, you can still be a winner at Noosa 13.

Surftech SUPS Super Sunday

Because in the past we’ve had complaints from some in the stand up community that they can’t take time off work to hang around and watch surfing all week while their event is decided, we’ve dedicated opening day Sunday to the completion of three divisions of SUP surfing and the 5K battle of the paddle race on Laguna Bay, all presented by Surftech and hosted by the Sunshine Coast SUPS Club. After the race, we’ll complete the afternoon at First Point with the Crick’s Celebrity Surf Off and the incredibly popular VetshopAustralia.com.au Dog Surfing Spectacular, ahead of our traditional sunset opening ceremony and party featuring the Band of Frequencies. It will be a great opening day and we urge all competitors to participate in the ceremony and paddle out.

Classic Malibu Tag Team Challenge

This event is such great fun that we didn’t want to restrict it to club teams any more, knowing that groups of surfers like to team up to represent their companies, home beaches or even countries. Clubs are more than welcome to field a team, of course, but so are teams representing surf brands, the corner shop or that country somewhere near China! All you need is four longboarders who can catch a couple of waves and run up the beach. First round of this event kicks off on opening Sunday – great way to start the festival. Limited number of team entries at only $176 on request at info@noosafestivalofsurfing.com

Pro line-up

Laguna Bay Logger Pro: This proved immensely popular on introduction last year so we’re happy to have it back. With $2500 prize money up for grabs ($1000 for the winner plus a wildcard into the Duct Tape Invitational) the Logger will showcase some of the best traditional surfers from around the world.

Golden Breed Noserider: Developed specifically for the perfect tip-time waves of First Point, this is a spectacle that the crowds love every year. $2000 prize money.

World Surfaris/Ocean Divine Women’s Pro: We welcome the top girls back for this high performance event with $2000 on the line.

Seaglass Project Finless Pro: Stand by for more outrageous slippin’ and slidin’ for $1000 prize money.

Van’s Duct Tape Invitational: Joel Tudor’s innovative short format traditional logger event has gained a huge following around the world and we’re proud to host the seventh edition. Reigning DTI champion Harrison Roach of Noosa (who won it in Biarritz last September) will defend his title against 14 other notable invitees, and wildcard entry the winner (or highest placed non-invitee) of the Laguna Bay Logger Pro. Held in the best available waves over the final two days of the festival, with $10,000 on the line, this will be an incredible event. Full competitor list and more information coming early February.

The Festival in a nutshell

Mark these in your diary as not to be missed:

·  Saturday, March 9 – sign on in the beach bar from 4pm and catch up with your mates and all the news on the festival.

·  Sunday, March 10 – Surftech SUPS, Classic Malibu Team Tag, VetshopAustralia.com.au Dog Surf, Crick’s Celebs, opening ceremony, Band of Freaks. Yewww!

·  Monday, March 11 – Big Waves, Big Hearts. Join Tom Carroll, Ross Clarke Jones and Mark Visser for a memorable night. Storm Surfers and Nightrider on the big screen and these great big wave riders in conversation.

·  Thursday, March 14 – Nathan Oldfield’s The Heart & The Sea on the big screen.

·  Friday, March 15 – Surf Swap Meet and shaper’s get-together all arvo, followed by Pete Cullen’s Saltwater Cowboys live on stage.

·  Saturday, March 16 – Presso’s and party on the beach, Maldives prize draw, Rev Sunday and many more live on stage.

·  Don’t forget, free live entertainment at PJ Burns Festival Village every afternoon, plus licensed beach bar and food stands.




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