Feeling 'the stoke' at Noosa's famous point
EAGERLY anticipated entries for pro and specialty divisions of the 2017 Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing are now officially open.
While amateur and age divisions have been gaining a swathe of entries from all around the world, the pro and specialty events were only opened to entry on November 1.
The festival team has been inundated with inquiries regarding this diverse range of divisions and is anticipating an unprecedented influx of entries, with many already flooding in during the first two days.
The stand-up paddle community has been hankering to secure places across its numerous divisions, including the race events - the Battle of the Paddle and SUP Endurance Race, presented by Aussie Soles - and two surf divisions, the now familiar men's and women's SUP Surf events, as well as the newly inaugurated 10-foot+ Longboard SUP Surf division.
In many respects showcasing the cutting edge of contemporary longboarding, the Logger Pro and Women's Pro both annually attract an international contingent of some of the finest longboard surfers in the world.
With some 68 entrants this year, male and female, the Logger Pro has proven to be the most popular and well-attended division of the festival in recent years, and in 2017 it's sure to be more popular than ever before.
Golden Breed returns once more to the Noosa Festival, presenting the world-renowned Golden Breed Noserider Pro.
Always a huge festival drawcard for spectators and competitors alike, the Golden Breed Noserider Pro is a spectacular display of skill, pitting surfers against the clock to achieve as much tip time as possible.
Also returning to the schedule of specialty events is the Garage Handplanes Body Bash, a boards-free division celebrating the growing discipline of bodysurfing. Two-time winner and former world bodysurfing champion Tom Marr will be returning to defend his title, also representing the division's sponsor as leading Garage Handplanes ambassador.
The fast and frantic Teams Challenge will also be back in 2017. The tag-team event is hugely popular, often controversial and always great fun for local and visiting surf clubs and factions.
Four teams, four surfers each and 40 minutes to score the best single wave per person before a desperate dash for the finish line.