Land and Sea owner Tim Crabtree watches on as bar manager Daniel Gilbert gets into the spirit of the festival.
Land and Sea owner Tim Crabtree watches on as bar manager Daniel Gilbert gets into the spirit of the festival. Caitlin Zerafa

A festival worth flipping out over

LAST weekend Land and Sea Brewery hosted the first AMD Noosa Festival of Pinball, which attracted top-ranked flippers.

More than 70 players competed in the three-day tournament that brewery owner Tim Crabtree said was an idea that escalated into something much bigger.

"It's the biggest pinball competition ever on the Sunshine Coast and probably one of the biggest in Australia,” he said.

"Me and Vaughan talked about doing something and it turned from having three machines to more.”

Fierce competitors put their skills to the test at the inaugural Noosa Festival of Pinball.
Fierce competitors put their skills to the test at the inaugural Noosa Festival of Pinball. Caitlin Zerafa

Game faces were strong as fierce competitors battled it out across 21 machines, using their best flipping skills to take the top spot.

Sunshine Coast Pinball Club player Zack Foster, 16, won the event after defeating veteran NSW State Champion Corey Hamilton.

ARCADE STYLE: The 21-machine set-up at Land and Sea Brewery for the inaugural Noosa Festival of Pinball.
ARCADE STYLE: The 21-machine set-up at Land and Sea Brewery for the inaugural Noosa Festival of Pinball. Caitlin Zerafa

Festival organiser Vaughan Jones said it was a very impressive finale.

"Zack posted a massive 200,000,000 points on his second ball to secure the win,” Mr Jones said.

"Players came from all over Australia to challenge our local talent and it was great to see Zack defend so well.

"We had all ages ripping in and challenging seasoned pinball players.”

Fierce competitors at the inaugural Noosa Festival of Pinball.
Fierce competitors at the inaugural Noosa Festival of Pinball. Caitlin Zerafa

Land and Sea also released Pinball Wizard beer to coincide with the competition.

Mr Crabtree said the event lent itself to the ethos of the brewery and they hoped to make it an annual event.

"We had a lot of people come in to check it out and we think it complements beer quite nicely,” he said.


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