Harrison Roach, defending Duct Tape title holder

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, presented by Vans, lands in Noosa on March 15 and 16 as part of the Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing. The world's best longboard surfers will express their progressive longboard style for a piece of a $10,000 prize purse in the traveling contest series.
Two-time world longboard champion and contest director Joel Tudor will host a strict, traditional logging event with single-fin, leashless boards.  Expect to see inventive surf style along with classic noseriding that goes back to surfing's early years, featuring progressive techniques only today's most talented surfers can bring to the table.
Says Tudor:  "As a kid, I started going to Noosa in the early '90s, and there wasn't much of a loggin' scene. It's really cool to see the movement that's going on there now and how it's grown. For me, doing this event at Noosa means giving the Australians the stage to highlight their talent."

The 16-man contest spans a two-day holding period with top contenders including defending title owner and Noosa local Harrison Roach from Australia, past winners Alex Knost and Tyler Warren of California, Floridian Justin Quintal and other longboard specialists such as Californians Jared Mell and Ryan Burch.  New invitees to watch include Noosa locals Jai Lee, Zye Norris and Matt Cuddihy who will compete against fellow resident Roach for a chance to win in their backyard.

Biggest international field in years
Almost 20 percent of the entries in this year's Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing are from overseas, representing the biggest international field in several years. About 10 percent are from the USA (mostly California and Hawaii), with the other 10 percent made up of Japan (4 percent), Indonesia, Taiwan, Great Britain, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Festival director Phil Jarratt said the hosting of the prestigious Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational had resulted in a late rush of US entries. "We've got around 50 US entries in pro, amateur and team divisions, plus a huge support crew of friends, family and spectators," he said. "It's also really encouraging to see the Asian market strengthening again, particularly Japan. And the great thing is that we've got a very strong representation of each country's best surfers."

Jarratt said the festival was also expecting to host a brief visit from a high-ranking Taiwanese delegation, exploring ideas for a surf festival in their emerging surf market.
Surftech SUPS Sunday offers great prizes
The three surfing divisions of the Surftech SUPS (Women's Open, Men's Open and 10ft Plus) and the five kilometre "battle of the paddle" are filling fast, so local paddlers are advised to be quick or miss out. The Surftech SUPS will be completed on opening day, Sunday, March 10, with presentations just prior to the festival opening ceremony, so no paddlers need miss any work days. As well as trophies, all four events will offer prizes from Quiver Kaddy and Surftech, with a competitor draw for a Surftech board.

Surf swap meet kicks off freaky Friday
Tables are still available for genuine surf traders at the festival's surf swap meet, 1-6pm at PJ Burns Festival Village on Friday, March 15. This will be a great opportunity to present your surf gear, memorabilia, books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, whatever. Big crowd guaranteed for Joel Tudor's Duct Tape Invitational during the day, with Deus Ex Machina Meet The Shapers 4-6pm, and a big night of live music to follow. Contact info@noosafestivalofsurfing.com to book your $30 space.


About Us >> Contact Us >> Terms & Conditions >> Unsubscribe >> Copyright Surf Media Pty Ltd