29 November 18
The Noosa Festival of Surfing has always been a showcase of the pinnacle of global contemporary Longboarding.
Hosting innumerable world champions past, present and future across assorted disciplines, in addition to countless doyens of the surfing community, the festival has been a stunning display of talent from quite literally the best surfers in the world.
In 2019, not only will this be true once more, the Noosa Festival of Surfing will also help decide the 2019 world champion, proudly hosting the World Surf League [WSL] for the Noosa Longboard Open, to incorporate the men’s and women’s world longboard championships within the festival program.
With the more familiar events of the Noosa Festival of Surfing taking place from the 2nd to 6th of March, this schedule will be immediately proceeded by the WSL’s Noosa Longboard Open, from the 7th to 10th March 2019.
"There are so many gifted Longboard surfers who compete in our events and it's very exciting that we will be providing them with opportunities to showcase their talents at a world-class wave like Noosa," said WSL Longboard Tour Manager Will Hayden-Smith. "This event has an open format, which will allow surfers from all over the world the chance to sign up and compete toward being crowned the 2019 World Longboard Champions."
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the addition of the championship to the Noosa Festival of Surfing line-up.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Queensland to further stamp its position as a world-class longboarding destination,” Ms Jones said. “We look forward to welcoming the competitors and their support teams to the Sunshine Coast for what promises to be an exciting festival of surfing in March 2019… This event gives tourists yet another great reason to visit.”
Current defending WSL world champions, Taylor Jensen and Honolua Blomfield, are both regular attendees of the Noosa Festival and are sure to be prime contenders for the 2019 championship. The prospect of a world title opportunity is also certain to bring an influx of the planet’s finest to our shores, many taking place in the myriad of Noosa Festival divisions, as well as the WSL event, the first stage of the yet to be announced 8-10-stop 2019 World Tour.
With the current title race currently culminating in, 2018’s King and Queen of longboarding are yet to be decided, but whoever may transpire to be 2018’s world champions are also more than likely to travel to Noosa next March to defend their titles in the year to come.
Prolonging the timeframe of 2019’s ‘celebration of the joy of surfing’, the oceanic enthusiasm will now extend to nine incredible days in a superb display of contemporary longboarding, from the 2nd to the 10th of March 2019.
– REPORT BY THOMAS ALEXANDER / NFOS