Noosa, From where you’d rather be
Hitting you with a dose of pre-Corona life comes Tom Payne’s recap from Noosa Festival.
'At the end of Summer each year, the Cyclone Season hits South East Queensland, Australia. It creates some of the best surf the east coast will see for a space of a coupla'months and attracts some of the best surfers from across the globe.
Noosa Heads, located 90 minutes north of Brisbane is home to some of the best right hand point breaks in the world. It is also home to Noosa's Festival of Surfing. This year it was the first stop of the WSL World Longboard Tour. The best of the best were in town to put their skills to the test and put on a fine display of Longboard surfing. Personally, I took the flag on a couple of heats and achieved the highest heat score of the event but failed to get through the fourth round and washed up in a modest 25th place. Great to paddle alongside pals Matt Chojnacki, Harrison Roach, Chloe Calmon and Kelia Moniz, all setting the bar high for fellow competitors. Joel Tudor hosted a clinic all week and took out the men’s division while Hawaii’s Kelis Kaleopa’a won the woman’s division.
It’s a great time for the Longboard community to come together and share some waves and good times! Each year becomes more difficult to pack the wagon and head back south following the event. Thanks for the good times Noosa.
Photography by Rare___Visuals (Olivia Williams)