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.
Do you still do the Christmas countdown? I can’t avoid it at home with the kids reminding me twice a day for at least 2 months, and while I love Christmas (just a big kid at heart), the countdown is a scary reminder of what still has to be done... Christmas tree, decorations, presents, keeping the chocolate advent calendar out of the dog’s reach – so much to think about and do – but it’s all great fun, isn’t it?
I especially love Christmas lunch – well, I love the idea of Christmas lunch and an even better idea than doing all the preparation and cleaning up yourself is getting someone else to do all the hard work. Christmas lunches and dinners are so popular in Noosa with amazing temptations on offer – from Christmas buffet breakfasts to scrumptious 4-course lunches, seafood buffets and French champagne and truffles.
Check out the Noosa Festive Season Guide 2012-13 with more than 60 restaurants listing their festive fare from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. There are also dozens of Christmas, New Year and holiday events and activities – where to see New Year’s Eve fireworks, opening times for major attractions, and ideas to keep the kids entertained when they’re not at the beach.
If you love singing along to Christmas carols, head to the Tewantin Christmas Carnival this Sunday; Noosa Chorale’s Christmas Cheer concerts this weekend; Coolum Christmas in the park on December 15; Christmas carols in Noosa Junction on December 21; the Peregian Beach Surf Club Nippers Christmas Eve carols; Carols on the River at Noosaville Lions Park on December 23; or an evening of carols at Palmer Coolum Resort on Christmas Eve.
Then on New Year’s Eve there are events all over town from the gypsy-fuelled ska surf rock of Caravana Sun at Noosa Heads Surf Club; to scrumptious dinners at Trios or The River Deck at Noosa Marina, Tewantin (where you get the bonus of amazing views of fireworks over the river at 9pm and midnight); Sheraton Noosa’s New Year’s Eve gala celebrations; and one of the coolest shows in town, the Cool Town Ball with Tijuana Cartel and Cheap Fakes at Coolum Civic Centre. And for something completely different, a New Year's Eve Everglades tour with champagne lunch from Kanu Kapers.
Other New Year’s Eve fireworks will be in front of Sunshine Beach Surf Club (9pm); Palmer Coolum Resort (9pm); Coolum fireworks in Tickle Park (8pm and midnight); and New Year’s Eve flares at Lake Cootharaba (8.45pm and midnight).
Then there’s all the fun for the kids – ride the train with Santa at The Ginger Factory; free moonlight movies at the Eumundi Markets Summer Nights every Friday from 5-9pm, along with a flea circus and magic show, music, Christmas carols and of course the unique market stalls; an Elfish Christmas children’s show at the Majestic Theatre, Pomona; children’s fun at the Coolum Twilight Markets every Friday from 4-8pm; have your photo taken with Santa and a ’gator at Australia Zoo; children’s pantomime at Noosa Arts Theatre in January; and for the ultimate Christmas story, Miracle on 34th Street at The J on December 22.