With each year, the Noosa Festival of Surfing continues to grow in popularity and 2016’s 25th Anniversary will be no exception.
With over 30 divisions of professionals and amateurs from under 15 to over 70 age divisions embracing a range of surfing disciplines, including longboarding, stand up paddling and even bodysurfing, theNoosa Festival of Surfing has something for everyone.
The 25th Anniversary year of the festival will see many of the favourite events return, such as the Golden Breed Nose-rider division, the Beach Beat Logger Pro and the ever-popular Vetshop Australia Surfing Dogs. While the younger boys have had the opportunity to compete for several years, a huge increase in young female surfers has seen the establishment of an exciting new division, the Girls Under 15
In 2015, entrants as young as 8-year-old Hawaiian, Scarlett Schremmer, and surfers of more, let’s say, mature years shared in the “8 Days of Pure Stoke”. The Festival attracts competitors from all over the world with the last event attracting representatives from fifteen countries including Taiwan, Japan, France, Italy, USA, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
The Noosa Heads Surf Club Waterman Weekend will return with a cross-section of water skills, including paddle-boarding, longboarding, short-boarding, finless surfing and bodysurfing, in a celebration of ocean skills and surfing in all its diversity for surfers of all ages.
Noosa locals, Sam Crookshank and Harrison Roach, will be defending their titles in the Beach Beat Logger Pro and Old Mal respectively, while a national and international contingent will vie for the glory both individually and in team and family challenges.
Current world adaptive surfing champion, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart will be joining the festival line-up for a demonstration surf. Mark lost a leg when he was 17 and now in his 50’s he’s fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a world title-holder.
Surfing celebrities from across the decades will also attend, some competing, some commentating, others simply there to share in the festivities and sign the occasional autograph! Among the expected guests are 1965 world champion Felipe Pomar of Peru, seven-times world champion Layne Beachley, 1976 world champion Peter Townend and shaping legend Bob McTavish.
The silver jubilee surfing action won’t stop with a jam-packed, eight-day schedule from March 5 to 12, 2016.
2016 Divisions for entry:
- Mens Open
- Mens 40 & Over
- IN Noosa Mens 50 & Over
- World Surfaris Mens 55 & Over
- World Surfaris Mens 60 & Over
- World Surfaris Mens 65 & Over
- Magoo Memorial Mens 70 & Over
- Pacific Longboarder Magazine Junior Mens (Under 18)
- Boys Under 15
- Goddess Womens Open
- Womens 35 & Over
- Junior Womens (Under18)
- Girls Under 15
- Old Mal
- Ray White Noosa Womens Pro
- Beachbeat Logger Pro
- Golden Breed Noserider
- Finless Challenge
- Garage Handplanes Body Bash
- Mens SUP Surf
- Womens SUP Surf
- SUP 5km BOP Race
- SUP Endurance Race