Bowie Pollard triumphs in the Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017

March 15, 2017 | Surfing
Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017: it's all about style and grace | Photo: Borland/Surf Shots Noosa

Style, grace, camaraderie, and good vibes. The Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017 concluded at First Point, Queensland, with a feeling of wanting more.

Longboarders have always stepped aside from the idea of high-performance surfing. When you're hanging five and ten, you learn to appreciate the moment, and the focus is less on execution.

And that's precisely what the Noosa Festival of Surfing is all about, even if in some years the waves and the winds don't fully cooperate with the riders.

But these men and women don't need much to shine their light. In the Logger Pro final, despite the challenging wave conditions, the competitors did their best to entertain the crowd on the beach.

Harley Ingleby dominated most of the heat, but Bowie Pollard managed to jump into first place in the last five minutes. In the end, the 28-year-old from Glenview couldn't be happier.

"I've surfed Noosa since I was a grommet so to take it out blew me away. It's so hard to even make the final, let alone win it," explained Pollard.

"It's probably harder than winning a world title. A lot of world champs have surfed in the event, and I don't think any of them have got it, like Josh Constable, a good friend of mine who gave me a bit of coaching in the final."

Hiroki Yoshikawa and Clinton Guest also took home event trophies for the Women's Pro and Noserider Pro divisions, respectively.

Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017 | Logger Pro Final

1. Bowie Pollard (QLD), 2.26
2. Harley Ingleby (NSW), 2.25
3. Nick Farago (NSW), 1.26
4. Zye Norris (QLS), 1.25