First Point: who's the next surfer in line?

The idyllic surf town of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is set to stage the largest surf festival in the world, when the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing 2010 presented by Golden Breed kicks off from March 14 -21.

Now in it’s 19th year, the Festival to be staged around two of the world’s perfect longboarding waves First Point and Noosa West (Access 12), will host over 700 competitors across 20 divisions ranging from the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (Pro), to Amateur, Stand-up Paddle and Specialty divisions.

“The entry field this year has been unprecedented,” said festival director Phil Jarratt from Noosa this week. “We have an exceptionally strong Pro field in the Men’s division and the specialty Noserider trials and Suncorp Stand-up Paddle events have seen a surge in entries this year. With many of the world’s top athletes competing, next week’s festival promises to showcase some of the finest surfing as well as entertainment for the whole family.”

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Storm Surfers: a scary moment

Storm Surfers - New Zealand is the sequel to the highly successful Storm Surfers - Dangerous Banks.

This time big wave surfing legends Ross Clarke-Jones and two time world champion Tom Carroll will be hunting waves off the South Island of New Zealand.

They are aiming to test new GPS and impact technologies and to work up new designs of their boards with advanced wave testing. And of course there will be the usual antics.

They will attempt to tow-in to a 4,000 foot ski slope on their big-wave boards, search for dinosaurs in remote national parks and hunt a pig for a traditional Hangi feast.

Trailer #1 - Storm Surfers New Zealand by Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll

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Professional Longboard Association: big boards, big fins

The Professional Longboard Association kicked off its 2010 season two weeks ago, and couldn’t have asked for a more exciting event, as surfers and PLA staff were flooded with Tsunami warnings, and higher than usual tides and waves caused by the earthquake in Chile.

The first two rounds of OB Pro was smooth and on schedule, but as the day wore on and the women started to compete, the Tsunami weather kicked in and put a hold on the contest for about thirty min. Luckily the clouds opened up and the contest was able to resume. The second day, started off just like the first day ended, as the contest saw high tides and big waves that closed the pier, and kept PLA staff and surfers off the beach for the better part of the day. With large waves, and confident surfers the PLA was able to run a successful event through all the natural weather conditions.

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