Bump in swell Day 3 of Noosa Festival
Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing
Noosa Heads, Queensland Australia
10 - 16 March 2013
Noosa Crooks Jeep Festival of Surfing sees R2 of Laguna Bay Logger Pro, more
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 March, 2013 : - - A gentle rise in swell overnight, and the opening heats of round two or the Laguna Bay Logger Pro took full advantage of it. To little surprise, but with all due respect to the other superb entrants, Harrison Roach dominated his heat. Harrison’s sublime talent coupled with his superior knowledge of the break saw him perched solidly on the tip through the sections, chalking up fantastic scores to sail easily through to round three.
Thomas Bexon of Noosa’s own Thomas Surfboards was unlucky not to qualify, his very tough heat having him pitched against some of the division’s best talent. In homage to the location, Matt Chojnacki was riding a direct replica, shaped by Bob McTavish, of the board’s Bob rode at the very same break almost 50 years ago, and doing so superbly to qualify for round three.
Not to be outdone by their younger counterparts, the more senior age divisions paddled out into some of the day’s larger waves as the tide turned. Graeme Jenkin was again very impressive this year in the Over 55 sponsored by Smyths Inc, as was Albe Curtis. The number-two seed leading into the heat, Albe clocked some exceptionally long rides, surfing right through the sections of Noosa’s First Point to achieve a definitive victory.
Back into the Laguna Bay Surfboards Logger Pro and again the Chojnacki-Roach Show was in full effect. Zye Norris and Matt Cuddihy were two absolutely stellar locals who also dazzled crowds, Zye falling short of Harison Roach’s relentless waveriding, but Cuddihy sailing through to the next round with his definitive grace and style.
Local hero and former World Longboard Champion Josh Constable blended traditional with performance, mixing up classic maneouvres with some big moves more akin to his high performance past.
The Classic Malibu Men’s Open was nothing short of explosive. Surfers opting for a diverse range of boards of their choosing, but all challenged by strong offshore breezes, nonetheless rocketed along the long, fast waves, busting out the big moves all over the place.
Classic Malibu’s Nic Jones stood out, the consummate professional reading the conditions perfectly for some picture-perfect displays and the heat win. Likewise, Nick Farago went hard, but it was a last-minute gem that boosted him up the ladder to claim victory. And Beau Nixon showed his abilities as an all-rounder. Beau, an outstanding participant in SUP Super Sunday, took to more a conventional surfboard to win over Joshua Croad and California’s Spencer Hayes.
Humbling all surfers present again was Gary Davis. The double-open-heart-surgery veteran catching three waves for tiny scores but much praise. Festival resident photographer, Ian Borland, had a superb late-heat wave, moving him from fourth to second in one fell swoop to qualify for round three.
With competition over for the day, Peter Howe and Tim Gaze upped instruments and delighted the crowds with their renditions of the classic tunes they originally created for Morning Of The Earth, as well as a wonderful collection of their own melodies from their latest album, Secret Spot.
Rusty Miller then took to the stage, presenting his new book, Turning Point. The book features a collection of Rusty’s own images from the very early ‘70s, marrying iconic photos with interviews from many of the subjects, giving the first-hand accounts behind Rusty’s wonderful documentation.
Rusty remained on stage and, joined by Howe and Gaze, jammed on into the Noosa night, enthralling the appreciative crowd well beyond sundown, right on the beach at First Point.
Author: Tommy Leitch
Tags: Noosa, Longboard, SUP, Festival