By Noosa-based blogger My Ocean Bliss
It's autumn already and not that that's a bad thing. We are surrounded by absolutely bliss pretty much all year round here at beautiful Noosa. I do however find myself not quite ready to leave another summer behind me yet. So before I embrace all that autumn has to offer, I'd like to share some of the splendour and bliss of my Noosa Summer.
Little Cove, Noosa Heads.
I always plan to do much more over summer than I actually do! The truth is I just can't drag myself away from the stunning turquoise ocean here at Noosa and the bliss it brings to our life. It is my 'happy place', the location that rejuvenates my body and soul for the year ahead. Being connected to the ocean throughout summer is what you call a spiritual existence for my family. It is more than just days at the beach. It is by the ocean that we come together as a family, catch up with dear friends, and meet new friends from within our town, all over our great country and indeed the world. We watch and photograph many a perfect wave, sunrise and sunset, immerse ourselves in the divine salty sea, surf, surf, surf and forget about our cares and worries of the world.
First Point, Noosa Heads.
Surfer chit-chat inbetween waves...
Sitting under the cooling shade of a Pandanus tree, watching and photographing family and friends catching perfect little summer sliders and being surrounded by the beautiful summer turquoise waters of Noosa is my ultimate stay-cation. Our lazy summer days often roll on into blissful balmy evenings and impromptu gatherings. A discussion to decide 'who brings what' results in a spur of the moment picnic dinner at one of the tables along First Point. This way the family gets to catch every available wave until the very last ray of light bounces off the water (which sometimes even transitions into moon light) and we all get to bask in the delight of another gorgeous setting sun.
With sand in our toes, salt in our hair and feeling of complete contentment, we make our way home in the dark and plan the day and time that we do it all again. As busy as our little town gets and as packed as First Point becomes over summer, I just wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world.
First Point, Noosa Heads looking towards Noosa Main Beach.
The turquoise coloured waters of Noosa...
So now we are welcoming awesome autumn to Noosa with the world famous Noosa Festival of Surfing, but that my dear friends is a whole other fabulous story!
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads.
Sending much bliss, Heather
The Noosa Festival of Surfing earlier this year brought back great memories for New Zealander Leigh Vercoe who is quite possibly Noosa’s biggest fan. Leigh (pictured) and her family, including her three children aged 10, 2½ and eight months are regular visitors to Noosa, and we caught up with her on a recent holiday to find out just why she loves Noosa so much.
What first enticed you to visit the Noosa region?
I first came to Noosa three years ago to visit friends who were here for the Noosa Festival of Surfing. I had always holidayed on the Gold Coast before that but I’ve never been back there since! I was hooked on Noosa from the get-go.
This is my second trip back to Noosa since then – I holiday here as much as possible. We even lived in Noosa for 6 months before we had to go back to New Zealand to sell our home but we hope to move back to Noosa soon.
What made you fall in love with Noosa?
The great service that you receive everywhere is incredibly refreshing – people seem so happy in their jobs.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing is also a big drawcard for me – I love catching the Noosa Ferry to Hastings Street when the festival is on. The atmosphere is unreal!
Do you ever explore the Noosa Hinterland?
We have gone on several day trips around the hinterland and it’s a beautiful region – so close to everything but you still feel like you are a million miles away.
Where is your favourite place to stay in Noosa?
We’re staying in a holiday home this time but I also love staying at Coral Beach Resort in Noosaville – it’s fantastic and so central to the river, restaurants and shops which is great for the whole family.
What are you favourite Noosa spots?
There are so many! I love the Noosa Marina Markets on a Sunday morning. In terms of dining, my favourites for brunch and great smoothies are Café Vin Cino at Noosa Marina as well as Raw Energy along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. For larger meals you will most likely find me at Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, Bistro C or the Rump House Restaurant at Noosa Marina.
What else do you enjoy in Noosa?
We’re going to visit Australia Zoo and are heading to Aussie World – the kids can’t wait!
I log into the Noosa surf cams when I’m back home to see everyone out on the beach and in the glistening water – and it’s only 8.30am! It always makes me wish I was back in Noosa.
Watching the XXXX Summer Beach Bar taking shape on Noosa’s Main Beach this week for the Noosa Festival of Surfing which gets under way tomorrow brings back great memories of last year’s festival fun. Come this weekend, we’ll be there again for the best view in town of world surfing champions, old-school longboarding, watermen, surfing dogs, groms, stand-up paddling and plenty more. And with two major Coral Sea low pressure systems looking set to dominate swell conditions over the first two weeks of March, contestants are in for a great ride.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing, with more than 500 entries from around Australia and overseas including USA, Mexico, Portugal, France, Canada, Indonesia, Japan and New Zealand, is the world’s biggest surfing festival, and sitting on the rocks at First Point or at the beach bar is the best seat in the world for those eight days (that’s a big call but there’s always something so magical about this event).
Surfing legends in town include world champions Layne Beachley, Tom Carroll, , Rabbit Bartholomew and Wendy Botha, shaping gurus Bob McTavish and Simon Anderson, and Hawaii’s 1970s superstar Nancy Emerson.
The Backpacker Challenge this weekend has brought novice surfing backpackers to Noosa to learn to surf in the perfect, safe conditions.
From backpackers to bow-wows, the surfing dogs workshop is at Dog Beach, Noosa Woods from 8am this Saturday 8 March. The “best in show” will take to the waves at First Point from 2.30pm on Saturday in what is always a favourite spectator event.
So grab your spot on the rocks of First Point or at the Beach Bar and enjoy the action – see noosafestivalofsurfing.com for daily schedules. If you’re not in Noosa this week for the festival, there’s four hours a day of live action webcast through Swellnet.com
It’s the last day of summer and while some of us are wishing we’d spent more time on our tans or perfecting our surf stance, there’s still plenty of sunshine left in Noosa.
I always wish there’d been more time for swimming and sunset drinks at the beach after work (after all, it’s been 8 days since my last swim...) but it’s almost like an endless summer here in Noosa, so no complaints at all.
The swimming all year round in Noosa is beautiful, winter days are gorgeous with crisp blue skies and clear waters, and all the activities you love in Noosa in summer are just as great at other times of the year: stand-up paddling, kayaking, boating, sky-diving, beach horse riding, surfing, bike riding, bush walking, kite surfing and climbing a hinterland mountain!
Speaking of surfing and Endless Summer, can you believe the movie of the same name that many people think is the best surf movie made is 50 years old? One of the original stars, U.S. surfer Robert August will be a special guest at this year’s Noosa Festival of Surfing on Friday 14 March for a 50th anniversary screening of the movie that follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave. He’ll do a live narration for the free screening on the beach at First Point, Noosa Heads from 6.30pm.
There’ll be more about the Festival of Surfing next week but the world’s biggest longboard surfing festival is going to be a week of amazing surfing and fantastic spectator action – from dogs to beginner backpackers and world champions to groms.
So make sure you head out see the last sunset of summer and have a toast to bring on autumn!
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 2ft swell look like a 50ft monster. That just about rules out the doggie surfing basics workshop at Noosa River mouth on 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 (click on image below for some great dog-surfing action).
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 the festival event, 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 6-9pm 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.
Our Guest Noosa Blogger is Kerry Heaney, from the Eat, Drink + be Kerry blog.
Blog written by Guest Noosa Blogger - Phil Jarratt, Festival Director - Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing:
The biggest surfing event in the world returns to Main Beach with hot surfing all day and a free party on the sand every evening. The biggest pro surfing division seen in Noosa in several years will attract the world’s best longboarders to the Noosa Crick’s Jeep Festival of Surfing March 10-16. Headline event the Vans Duct Tape Invitational will be one of the biggest crowd pleasers, with the style-masters of longboarding from around the world performing on old-style single-fin loggers. The popular logger format really highlights the difference between longboarding and shortboarding, and defending event champion Noosa’s Harrison Roach can be expected to give the internationals a run for the money.
In a nut shell - who will be there?
Multiple world champions Layne Beachley, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Rabbit Bartholomew, plus big wave legends Ross Clarke Jones and Mark Visser, California style gurus Joel Tudor, Alex Knost and Tyler Warren, and local heroes Harrison Roach, Josh Constable.
Opening day spectacular
See the best stand up paddlers in Australia race over a close-to-the-beach 5k course, the hilarious VetshopAustralia.com.au Dog Surf Spectacular, the legends of surfing in action, the traditional Hawaiian opening ceremony and paddle-out, and the sunset sounds of Band of Frequencies.
Big waves, big hearts
Not to be missed – big wave legends Tom Carroll, Ross Clarke Jones and Mark Visser present their spectacular movies (Storm Surfers and Nightrider) and talk about what it feels like to fall out of the sky on the biggest waves ever ridden. Free on the Zinc Stage and Screen, Monday from 6.30pm.
Deus Surf Swap Meet
Friday 1-6pm in the PJ Burns Festival Village, bargains galore, and meet the legends of surfboard shaping from the 1950s to the present.