Noosa Crooks Jeep Festival of Surfing
Day One: Sunday, 10th March Early rain gave way to glorious sunshine today, First Point Noosa gifting all competitors with beautifully groomed corduroy lines for the early rounds of the SurfTech SUP Menʼs and Womenʼs Opens and the 10-Foot division.Super SUP Sunday saw breath-taking action from the paddlers, both Beau Nixon and Andy Davies entering all three divisions, the Open and 10-Foot as well as the 5km Battle of the Paddle. Nixon collected close second places in the Open and 10-Foot, defeated by a blazing Keahi DeAboitz and Woogie Marsh respectively.Over 30 competitors took to the water for the 5km Battle of the Paddle. A performance of ironman and woman proportions saw competitors completing four laps of a course that sent them out to sea before bringing them back to shore for a beach run. Jake Jensen tore through the field, comfortably taking the win from Andy Davies in a close-fought second.
The Vetshopaustralia.com.au Exhibition brought four-legged loggers to the fore. A favourite of spectators, the exhibition featuring surfing doggies, hanging paws and hanging on for dear life as their owners navigated their way through the lineup. Bringing smiles all round to the beach, the perilous puppies kickstarted a wonderful evening of camaraderie. Paul Jones finds his feet with is best friend, to take out the Dog Surfing
The traditional hoʼokupu ceremony drew together the international contingent for a blessing of the ocean and festival. And, as the sun slowly set over LagunaBay, all surfers, competitors and spectators alike, were invited to paddle out and join hands in the lineup,reinforcing the aloha spirit so evident at the Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing 2013.