Alan Atkins

First point at Noosa is pulsing with a super clean small swell today creating ideal and fun small waves for the amateur divisions at the GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing.

A feature of the today’s surfing is the GSI One Design division which this year features the unique new GSI Meyerhoffer designs.

These boards are a radical with an hour glass shape outline, but clearly they are a functional new design, created by Thomas Meyerhoffer (San Francisco/USA)  who is here at the Noosa Festival of Surf to promote the design.

The concept of the design is based around delivering a combination of the very best features of modern longboards along with the performance characteristics of modern shortboards.

With multiple excellent 8 and 9 point rides being posted throughout the early rounds of the one design heats, it’s clear that these boards definitely go!

Today’s waves at Noosa are the perfect testing ground for these boards.

A design display of the boards along with Thomas Meyerhoffer on hand to answer questions  and explain these boards will take place on the deck of the Noosa Surf Club between 12 and 3pm today.

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Clay Marzo 

Three of the world’s most exciting aerial surfers have unloaded a late assault on the US$50,000 Kustom Air Strike, the eight-month search for the planet’s most innovative above-the-wave manoeuvre.

Hawaii’s Clay Marzo and Dusty Payne, and Australia’s Ry Craike, have each entered the battle by dropping incredible moves that are so smooth they demand viewing in slow motion to appreciate the degree of difficulty.

Marzo, already recognised as one of the world’s most creative surfers, launches high into an explosive air reverse that was caught on film by Adam Kelvin. Not to be outdone, Dusty Payne has countered with his own air reverse, that is certainly one of the most committed and radical moves that the event has seen so far, this time captured by Matt Shuster.

Craike was filmed by Tom Jennings doing a huge Front Side Loop, one of the biggest that has ever been caught on film.

The new entries, which have each landed on the Kustom Air Strike website (, come just two weeks before the close of the event.

In another major boost to the event, the final judging panel has been selected and is headlined by current World #1 Joel Parkinson. He is joined by Kustom’s Harry Truscott and Stab Magazine’s Sam McIntosh representing the Australasian region; Kustom’s Julian Vergnes and Bruce Boal from Surfersvillage and The Surfing Yearbook representing Europe; Evan Slater from Surfing Magazine and one of surfing’s emerging stars, Kolohe Andino, representing the USA.

“The global nature of the event dictated that we had to have a diverse group of international judges,” said Kustom’s general manager Harry Truscott.

“But the real coup is getting current world #1, Joel Parkinson, and then one of the world’s most talented up and coming surfers, Kolohe Andino. They will bring tremendous technical insight and perspective to the judging panel and be a great support to the team.”

The Kustom Air Strike event window, which opened in August 2008, closes on 31 March 2009.

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Dane Wilson

The Backbeach Noosa Stand Up Paddle Pro handled the tiny waves on Tuesday late afternoon superbly and local Noosa surfer Dane Wilson (16.25), who recently relocated from Cronulla in NSW, took a high scoring win over Burleigh Heads rider James Watson (15.35).

Dane has been living at Perigian for the past 6 months relocating from Cronulla and it was this move that has inspired him into Stand Up Paddle – After his win on Tuesday the former pro longboard surfer said “ Since I’ve been here on the Sunshine Coast I have really dedicated myself to Stand Up Paddling .“

“It’s such a perfect location to be a stand up paddling surfer and I’m now right into it! To win this event is unbelievable, the whole festival is held in the highest regard worldwide and for Stand Up Paddling in Australia this is the biggest and best event – It’s a special feeling to have won.”

Final placings in the Backbeach Noosa Stand Up Paddle Pro were, in order from 1st to 6th:

Dane Wilson, James Watson (Qld), Keahi De Aboitiz (Qld), Matt Lumley (Vic), Eugene"Woogie"Marsh(Qld/Perigian) and Noel Graham (NSW).

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