Competition hots up for weekend at Noosa

18 Mar 2011 0 Share

Small swell and fun times at Noosa.

Small swell and fun times at Noosa.

Noosa Festival of Surfing
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Words by Bridget Reedman


After a week of fun on the Sunshine Coast's premier pointbreak, the Noosa Festival of Surfing presented by Global Surf Industries is gearing up for a weekend of fierce competition.

While the swell remains small, and there are no waves at First Point, there are some knee-high peelers at Little Cove and the points further out. The contest site is situated along the beach, at access 12, where conditions are just letting contest heats run. The small waves are better on the higher tide in the morning, but as the light onshore winds pick up during the day waves become messier and weaker as the tide drops. The move down the beach, lack of waves, and distractions from the market in Noosa Woods reserve and other activities going on around town may have thinned the crowd on the beach over the last dew days, the finals over the weekend should the Noosa strip packed as the festival concludes.

The Global One Design contest division ran yesterday at Access 12, with surfers all required to compete on the same board design – a McTavish Bobsled model between 6'4" to 7'2" – which proved ideal in the low tide, onshore conditions.

The small surf hasn't deterred everyone though. The stifling humidity and heat has packed the beach, and the lineup is dotted with bobbing surfers waiting for a wave to roll through every twenty minutes or so.

Markets held in the Noosa Woods reserve yesterday offered surf-inspired art and a range of colourful handicrafts. The Surf Memorabilia Auction held in the market grounds in the evening showcased some relics and replicas of surfboards from a bygone era. A wide variety of surf craft were up for auction, as well as artwork and surfing paraphernalia.

The Junior Pro, Noserider and Old Mal heats continue today, look forward to seeing some great surfing from these divisions as they battle for a place in the finals on Sunday. The weekend forecast looks like conditions will stay as they have been for most of the event - hot, hot heat (27 degrees), small swell and chance of showers.

Logger Rhythm gig is on tonight in the Noosa Woods reserve with live bands, The Bleeding Knees Club and Dolphins, and premiere Cyrus Sutton's Stoked and Broke film. Tickets to the event are available from the event website...

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