17 February 19
With less than three weeks remaining until the launch of the 28th annual Vonu Noosa Festival of Surfing, surfing entries are officially closed, with every single spot now filled across all divisions.
While there are less contest positions due to a more succinct schedule in 2019, the sell-out attendance is an unprecedented success for the festival’s new management team.
“There is no denying that the festival has shown overwhelming popularity in recent years,” says director of World Surfaris, John Finlay, “but to have sold out completely prior to the event is incredibly gratifying.”
World Surfaris and the Noosa Malibu Club have united to orchestrate and present this year’s event for the first time, and this achievement comes as acknowledgement to the festival’s ongoing popularity, as well as the organisational skills of Finlay and his extended team.
With the inclusion of the first stage of the World Surf League (WSL) world championship race, this year’s event has also drawn the attendance of even more international surfers, perhaps coming to Noosa to launch their bid for the 2019 world title, though excited to also have this opportunity to compete in the globally-renowned Noosa Festival.
Many of the names that fall into the upper echelons of world longboarding are regular visitors and locals to Noosa and the festival, but the addition of the WSL has been a further drawcard to others. Tony Silvagni, Kai Sallas, Bali’s I Gede Oka Kawan and Matteo Fabbri from Italy, as well as renowned Frenchman Edouard Delpero, who will be returning for the first time in several years, are amongst the names flocking to Noosa from far-flung regions.
The women, too, will receive a significant influx of impressive surfing talent. Lola Mignot will be back once more, with Jina Kim and Leena Mun (Korea), Filipino sisters Aping and Ikit Agudo and Chinese former national champion, Monica Guo also making the trip, hoping to secure wildcard entry into the WSL Noosa Longboard Open, if not already qualified.
With 19 nations and regions represented, including Portugal, Italy, Mexico and even Russia, 2019 is sure to be one of the most international festivals we have seen to date.
For all information regarding the 2019 Vonu Noosa Festival of Surfing, visit the website
- REPORT BY THOMAS ALEXANDER - NFOS