Noosa Longboarding festival

The Noosa Longboarding Surfing Festival is one of the premier longboarding events in the world. Held annually in the beautiful town of Noosa, located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, the festival attracts longboarders and surfing enthusiasts from all over the globe.

The festival has been running since 1992 and has grown in popularity year on year, with thousands of spectators and participants attending each year. The festival is a celebration of longboarding, a style of surfing that dates back to the 1960s, where surfers ride longer boards, typically over nine feet in length, and focus on style, grace, and control. The festival includes several events that showcase the skill and style of longboarders. These include the Pro Men’s and Women’s divisions, where top-ranked longboarders from around the world compete for the title of Noosa Longboard Champion. There is also the Old Mal division, which sees competitors ride vintage longboards, and the Logger Pro division, where surfers ride modern longboards with a retro feel.

 The festival is not just about competition, however. It is also an opportunity for surfers and spectators to immerse themselves in the culture of longboarding. There are workshops and talks on topics such as board shaping, surf photography, and surf history, as well as live music, art exhibitions, and a surf film festival. Noosa is the perfect location for the festival, with its stunning beaches and laid-back vibe. The festival takes place at Noosa Main Beach, a long, sandy stretch of beach that is perfect for longboarding. The beach is also surrounded by cafes, bars, and shops, making it the perfect place to relax and soak up the festival atmosphere. The Noosa Longboarding Surfing Festival is more than just a surfing competition. It is a celebration of longboarding culture, bringing together surfers and spectators from all over the world to share their love of this timeless and stylish form of surfing. 

One of the unique features of the festival is the focus on the traditional art of longboarding. Unlike modern shortboard surfing, longboarding involves riding larger boards, often with a single fin, and employing a more relaxed and stylish approach to wave-riding. The festival celebrates this traditional approach and encourages surfers to showcase their individual styles and personalities on the waves.

The festival also has a strong focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. Surfers and festival-goers are encouraged to take part in beach clean-ups and other initiatives to help protect the local environment and raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the surfing community.

Beyond the surfing, the festival also features a range of food and drink vendors, live music performances, and a bustling marketplace where surf-related products and gear are sold. There’s a real sense of community and camaraderie at the festival, with surfers and spectators coming together to celebrate their shared love of the sport.

As an avid photographer, I always look forward to attending the Noosa Longboarding Festival. This event provides me with the perfect opportunity to capture some of the best surfing shots that I have ever taken. The festival is held on the beautiful beaches of Noosa, and the surfers that participate are some of the most skilled and talented individuals in the world. They take advantage of the long waves and smooth surf, and watching them ride the waves is truly awe-inspiring.

The Noosa Longboarding Festival is a great place for photographers to capture stunning images of surfers in action. The event attracts professional surfers, as well as amateurs and beginners, all of whom are passionate about the sport. As a result, I have been able to take some truly amazing photographs of surfers in motion, catching the perfect wave, and executing complex maneuvers.

One of the reasons why I love attending the Noosa Longboarding Festival is the quality of the surfers that participate. These are some of the best in the world, and it is a privilege to be able to capture their skills on camera. Watching them maneuver through the waves, performing tricks and turns, is truly mesmerizing. Their dedication to the sport is inspiring, and I feel lucky to be able to document their talents through my photography.

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have some of my photographs featured in various surf magazines. It is a great feeling to see my work in print, and to know that others appreciate the beauty of the Noosa Longboarding Festival as much as I do. I have also had the pleasure of meeting some of the surfers I have photographed, and it is always gratifying to hear their positive feedback about my work.

The Noosa Longboarding Surfing Festival is a unique and vibrant celebration of surfing culture and longboarding. It’s an event that brings together surfers from all over the world to compete, socialize, and immerse themselves in the surfing community. Whether you’re a seasoned longboarder or just starting out, the festival offers something for everyone, and it’s an experience that’s not to be missed.

If you are a longboarder or surfing enthusiast, this festival should definitely be on your bucket list. 

Surfers in images are Matt Chojancki, Honolua Blomfield , Kelia Moniz  , Miki  Webster, Lily Ellis , etc 

A shoot with Ruel

I recently had the opportunity to work on a very exciting project - an underwater shoot for the Sydney-based artist Ruel’s new EP. When I was contacted by Jeremy to shoot some images and video for the project, I was thrilled. The project was a challenging one, but I always love working on projects like this as they allow me to push my creative boundaries.

The brief for the shoot was clear - the creative team wanted some underwater content for Ruel’s new EP. However, I always find that these sorts of projects offer a lot of room for creativity and improvisation. As such, I was keen to explore some of my own ideas, and I was delighted to discover that the creative team was open to my suggestions.

Ruel was a dream to work with.   Comfortable in the ocean ( is a surfer) , and we nailed the shoot in about 30mins.  Too easy.  Cant wait to hear the music and see what they do with the content we shot. 

The first thing I did was scout the location - I needed a pool that was deep enough for the shoot and offered enough space for me to move around freely. I found a location that fit the bill, and we started planning the shoot.

We started with the shots that the creative team had requested, which were mainly focused on Ruel performing in the pool. We also took some shots of him underwater, singing and emoting into the camera. I made sure to get plenty of footage from different angles, using a variety of lenses to capture a range of shots.

Once we had the shots we needed for the client, I was able to focus on some more creative shots. I had brought along some props - a selection of colorful fabrics and materials that would look stunning underwater. We experimented with different poses and compositions, and the results were stunning. Ruel was a natural in the water, and he was game for trying out some of my more experimental ideas.

Overall, the shoot was a huge success. I’m very grateful to EllieBobbie for passing on the contact, and to Jeremy and the creative team for being so open to my ideas. It’s always a pleasure to work with artists who are willing to take creative risks and try new things, and I think the results speak for themselves. I can’t wait to see the final edits of the video and images, and I’m excited to see how they’ll be used in the EP.

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