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Unique union of ocean-goers return with Noosa Festival

Josh Constable
Josh Constable © Noosa Festival of Surfing



Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing

Noosa Heads Surf Club
Noosa Heads, Queensland Australia
7 - 14 March 2015

Noosa Heads Surf Club to join Waterman Weekend

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 February, 2015 - Since surfing began on these shores, lifeguards and surfers have never quite seen eye-to-eye. Once sworn enemies, the “clubbies” and the “surfies” of Noosa have been working and playing in harmony for years, but Waterman Weekend is a collaborative first. 

The 2015 Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing will see a unique union of ocean-goers, welcoming the Noosa Heads Surf Club to the fold for the first annual Waterman Weekend – a celebration of all forms of wave-riding.

In conjunction with the inauguration of the Noosa National Surfing Reserve, the Noosa Heads Surf Club will host an afternoon of exhibition surfing on the eve of the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, Friday, March 6, featuring a fun clash between the legends of ironman and the legends of surfing, over a short ironman course incorporating surfboard riding, devised by Noosa coach Darren Mercer.

Former champion ironman Mercer and daughter and current ironman sensation Jordan will be among the legends representing surf lifesaving, while shortboard champions Layne Beachley and Simon Anderson, and world champions of longboarding Harley Ingleby and Josh Constable will represent the board riders.

Clubbies and surfies will finally pass the olive branch in what will be a superb weekend of oceanic activities and post-surf entertainment. Featuring the broadest representation of surfing skills ever seen at Noosa at the same time - including surf club paddleboard surfing, stand up paddle surfing and racing, body surfing, sustainable wood boards exhibition, finless surfing, longboarding, shortboarding, tandem, tag team surfing and, of course, the VetshopAustralia surfing dogs – Waterman weekend will take place across the opening weekend of the Cricks Nosoa Festival of Surfing, March 6-8.

The XXXX Summer Beach Bar will operate each afternoon through the sunset hours, with live bands, film screenings and other entertainment, including the official Festival opening ceremony, Welcome to Country and Magoo Memorial paddle-out in honour of Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan on Saturday evening. 

Join the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing at First Point, Noosa from 7-14 March, with Waterman Weekend kicking off on the evening of Friday, 6 March.

Thomas Leitch

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