Dog surfing and more at Noosa Festival of Surfing

Photo credit: Noosa Festival of Surfing Facebook page

Even with the best coaching, dog surfing is never going to be more than a spectator sport in my household!

Tucker, my much loved arthritic corgi, is so height challenged he makes a two foot swell look like a 50ft monster. That just about rules out the doggie surfing basics workshop at Noosa river mouth, Sunday, March 10, for us but don’t let it stop you.

With a few doggie surfing basics under his collar, your pooch might be a winner in Noosa Festival of Surfing’s Dog Surf Spectacular that afternoon.

Here's how the pros do it.

Noosa Festival of Surfing is running from March 10-16 at Noosa’s First Point, that’s the spot where the surfers congregate that you can see to the right of Main Beach.

My partner, K2, is a Noosa surfer of long standing.  He remembers the days when Noosa’s main street was lined with ordinary houses. True.

I think he would really enjoy ‘Like a Cup of Tea with God – the rich surfing history of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, presented in words, music, movies, photographs and art’

And a surf movie on the beach? How good is that! Expect heart-stopping big wave riding on the beach screen from 6pm-9pm on Monday March 11 with ‘Nightrider’ featuring Mark Visser, ‘Storm Surfers’ featuring Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke Jones, with Mark, Tom and Ross in conversation live on stage.

They have more than a few big names signed up this year, names that even I recognise like seven-times world champion Layne Beachley, four-times world champion Mark Richards, two-times world champion Tom Carroll, world champion Rabbit Bartholomew, two-times world longboard champion Joel Tudor, world longboard champion Josh Constable, big wave heroes Ross Clarke Jones and Mark Visser and surfboard design gurus Simon Anderson and Bob McTavish.

Well maybe I don’t know about the surfboard designers…but I bet K2 does.

The world’s biggest surfboard riding event, the Noosa Festival of Surfing, celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year with more than 20 pro, amateur, specialty and team surfing events plus free entertainment on a beach stage and the surf expo on the sand.

The festival, which raised more than $8000 for Frangipani Dreams and the Noosa Malibu Club’s youth development scheme in 2012, will again donate bar profits to charity and community benefit organisations.

On-line competitor entries in amateur divisions, with age groups from under 15 to over 65 are open, along with specialty, team and professional events.

The festival expects to attract more than 500 competitors, along with up to 5000 supporters and spectators from all over the world.

Find out more from Festival's Facebook page or website

Kerry Heaney

Looking back towards main beach from the boardwalk to the National Park

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