Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing
First Point Noosa, Queensland
8 - 17 March 2014
Foam Symmetry Old Mal division builds through the day as well
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March, 2014 - Early showers broke to blue skies for day three of the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, as the Bank of Queensland Family Challenge. The father-son teams of Win and Matt Cuddihy and Peter and Brett White were expected standouts, Alex Bulpitt also impressive to back up his old man, Graham. Festival director Phil Jarratt took to his usual stomping ground of Noosa’s First Point with his nine-year-old grandson Jackson Smith in a heartwarming display of family camaraderie.
Popular events abound for the day, with the Vans Logger Pro taking to the water mid-morning, with anticipation for the Foam Symmetry Old Mal division later in the day. Stringent rules for equipment were to be adhered to, the numerous stipulations including board width, weight and fin set up.
Fast and furious competition ensued, exceptional talent distributed across the ten round one heats of the Vans Logger Pro, and a flood of reeling waves giving the judges a very tough time to score the mass of waves ridden.
Clinton Guest was one of the many outstanding surfers in this division, validating his current title as Australian Logger Champion. Despite many outstanding performances by the likes of Isaac Fields, Zye Norris and Lawrence Harkness, surprise highlight was young Honolua Blomfield. The only girl in the 60-surfers-strong division, Honolua, fresh from being crowned as world junior girls AND boys champion in Peru, was well up among the best surfers of the event. A healthy second place sees Honolua qualify for round two in the Vans Logger Pro.
The waves reached new levels of perfection for the Noosa Longboards Men’s 60 and Over, perfectly groomed lines pouring around the corner at First Point and competitors form around Australia and the US, thrilled to score such conditions with just five of their peers.
Softer waves for the Wimmers Men’s Open required a little more finesse and a little less high performance, but blending the traditional and progressive, Remi Arauzo and Edouardo Delpero led an international charge. Critical noserides were the order of the day, and all surfers made the very best of the long, glassy, high-tide waves.
Dusting off the cobwebs, the Foam Symmetry Old Mal division was both a fantastic showcase of surfing skills on this temperamental equipment and a unique exhibition of pre-1968 surfboards.
Matty Chojnacki, arguably the finest modern exponent of the old mal style, decimated his heat, surfing his 1966 Keyo / McTavish single fin with astounding grace, glassy but fast-running waves proving incredibly challenging on boards significantly older than most of their riders. Harrison Biden was another surfer proving that age doesn’t matter, the young Noosa local piloting his Hayden triple-stringer with skill to take a confident victory.
The Foam Symmetry Old Mal also provided a convenient segue into the evening’s proceedings. The XXXX Summer Beach. Bar hosted the welcome return of the Foam Symmetry surf auction. Boards from around the world, including original late-70s Ben Aipa stingers from Hawaii, a Californian Robert August Mal and a pair of signed Bill Wallace toothpicks.
The bar was packed for the popular event. Despite many wallets remaining firmly sealed, some outstanding sale items were a vintage Tracks magazine framed cover, featuring and signed by the late, great Michael Peterson and an original, signed Bill Wallace toothpick which found a new owner to the tune of $3,300.
Melbournian Mexi-punksters, Mesa Cosa, returned to the Zinc Stage, thrashing, bashing and crashing into the night, with the Gold Coast’s Dead Beat Band closing the curtain on day three of the cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing.