As a culture, a lifestyle, a dance, an artform - longboarding continues to advance. It is flowing from decade to decade. The Noosa Festival of Surfing seems to have become a monolith in the longboarding world, having maintained its prominence for 28 years now. It does this because it constantly evolves with the surfing. New categories and genres in surfing are embraced. By way of example, the Noosa Festival of Surfing hosted the first noseriding event, the first tandem, first SUP, first Finless Pro, alaia demonstrations, waterman pro, wood surfboard and toothpick demonstrations to mention but a few.
The Noosa Festival is always there for the regular events like the age divisions, but it is also open to change. For next year, the Open event and the Logger event might be merged, as there would seem to be no need for two separate divisions. Surfing is also as sport, but this sport is subordinate to the art form. To me, this is what makes longboarding so very interesting and so much fun. The Noosa Festival did it again under the new leadership of John Finlay and World Surfaris and I strongly suspect, they will do it again next year.
With the public announcement by the WSL that they will be back again in 2020, it seems that longboard surfing has taken a quantum leap forward. Where it will go is anyone’s guess but I think history will show that 2019 was a pivotal year for longboarding.
29 March 2019