No the pics today aren’t of Diggers beach… The ST surf images van has packed up and headed north to the beautiful Noosa Heads and will be coming in each day for the next week from these magical Queensland pointbreaks.
it’s a happy place to be
The Noosa festival of surfing is run each year in March, It’s shaped around the second leg of the Australian longboard qualifying series, but it is so much more than just a few heats and a winner. It is a gathering of Australia’s biggest surfing legends over the last 50 years and an epic week where bands play, movies are screened and exhibitions of all different types of surfing including finless surfboard riding, Tandem, noseriding, Old mals (pre 1968 models) and the legends divisions are all played out to a eager surf crowd.
Beau Young entertaining the younger grommies
The place is a wash with Australian surf history. On my walk back from the Tea tree bay (one of Noosa outside pointbreaks) I walked past Simon Anderson (inventor of the thruster fin setup) then 20 meters later Bob McTavish (one of the blokes behind the shortboard revolution and one of the best surfers from the 60′s)walks by with his grandaughter. As I passed Little cove (another noosa point) I thought I would jump in there for another wave and as I launched off the rocks, Tom Carroll (80′s pipe master and former world champ) paddles past me on a standup paddle board. Within 5 minutes I’ve brushed past 3 of the most influential surfers in history!
Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew was another legend lurking around Noosa yesterday
There are lots of surfers in Noosa at the moment
Layne Beachley is up here too… she was shredding in the “legends expression session”
CLICK HERE to see a few more shots from yesterday in Noosa
Part of last night’s opening ceremony at the Noosa festival