Longboarders lured in

Nic Jones had a big win at the Noosa Festival of Surfing last year. Organisers are hoping for a another successful carnival in March.
Nic Jones had a big win at the Noosa Festival of Surfing last year. Organisers are hoping for a another successful carnival in March. Contributed

TOP longboarders will be lured to the Noosa Festival of Surfing from March 11-17 this year by organisers putting up $7000 in prizes split between three events.

Director Phil Jarratt said while the emphasis at the 2012 festival was on fun for all competitors, with free beach entertainment every day, the money events would be hotly contested by an international field.

Prize money events include the Laguna Bay Longboards Logger Pro ($2500), Golden Breed Noserider Pro ($2500) and Seaglass Project Finless Pro ($2000).

"The specialty divisions are filling up fast, with world champion Taylor Jensen leading a top class international field," Jarratt said.

"Pro divisions will have a different look this year, with the focus on particular skills, and that's going to really open up the field."

Jarratt said the Laguna Bay Logger would have the "best all-round longboarders", who he said would be up against "traditional specialists".

"Some of these guys are maybe not so well-known, but they have mastered the art of traditional longboarding and it's beautiful to watch," Jarratt said.

"It will be interesting to see how the pros like Taylor and Josh Constable will adapt to that challenge."

The festival's entertainment schedule is also filling fast, with three surf movie premieres on the beach screen, plus live music every night on the Zinc Stage from sunset at the PJ Burns Festival Village on the beach at First Point.

Legendary surf guitarists Tim Gaze and Peter Howe will head up a house band playing every night, with special appearances from Band of Frequencies, Asa Broomhall Band, Frank Benn, Carl Wochner and Mayor Bob Abbot's killer blues band rocking the house on opening night.

The village will also host book launches, shapers' forums, a Captain Goodvibes live appearance, Summer & Salt fashion parades and Zumba classes.

All beach entertainment is free, with the festival beach bar open daily from 4pm. For entry forms and program information, visit noosafestival

The Noosa Board Riders Club will hold its AGM on Monday, January 30 at Sunshine Beach Surf Club starting 5pm.

Nominations for committee positions accepted seven days prior in writing to secretary NBC, PO Box 683, Noosa Heads, 4567.

Sign on and first competition will be on Saturday, February 5 at the second car park, Sunshine Beach from 7.30am.

Topics:  noosa sunshine coast surfing

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Call for sign of smart planning

SIGN CALL: Tiffany, Ron and Marcus Logan run a local industrial estate business and want a more flexible approach to council signage regulations.

Signage needs to be 'flexible'

SEQ plan 'generally' in line with Noosa attitude

Looking toward Mt Cooroy from the top of Mt Tinbeerwah. Photo: Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily

Noosa Mayor reacts to new SEQ draft plan

Important issues to be discussed at Noosa Indaba

SPEAK UP: Professor Andy Bridges from CQUniversity.

THE Noosa community will come together to at CQU's Indaba

Local Partners

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Three opportunities to see violin virtuoso on Coast

GIFTED: Attilla Sautov.

Violin virtuosa to give three concerts on Coast.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals