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 ofsurfing.com.
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.