Noosa, Australia isn’t just a wonderful beach location, it’s a famous and great surfing destination with stunning scenery and awesome waves. The whole area is picture perfect and it is sure to delight surfers and thrill seekers alike. Thanks to these qualities, in March of 2017, Noosa will become home to one of the most popular surfing festivals in the world, the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
With more than 800 entries from 16 countries in 2016, the Noosa Festival of Surfing has a little something for everybody: men’s and women’s open, under 18 and under 15 divisions, specialty and pro ones, and also several much-lauded SUP divisions (men’s and women’s, 10ft+ longboard SUP, SUP BOP race, and SUP endurance race) – in total: 25 divisions across four disciplines!
People are getting really excited over the SUP division, as this festival is the place to be for SUP lovers. SUP event organizer, Paul Jones, revealed in the press release for the 2017 event:
“We try to cater to a very wide demographic at Noosa, with events set up for the pros, but also an amateur division, tailoring the course to make it more friendly to those just starting out. The natural amphitheater of Noosa is the perfect set-up for all abilities, and we even have council approval to hold the event in Noosa River, so regardless of conditions, the SUP events can go ahead, no matter what.”
Noosa is so much more than a festival hotspot, it is also a National Surfing Reserve, which means that the place is preserved as is and nothing can be developed or tore down there. The festival organizers like to make it clear on the festival’s website that they mean business, when it comes to the environment:
“We’re not a bunch of hippies. We don’t eat mung beans or wear hemp clothing or have dreadlocks – at least, most of us don’t! But we do believe that this environment is precious. We know the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and we are prepared to step forward and take responsibility for our actions. To this end, we have taken the following steps to make the Noosa Festival of Surfing as sustainable as we can, protecting the beautiful surroundings that give us 365 Days of Pure Stoke.”
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