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By guest blogger Liz Bond - This Magnificent Life
Today, it’s hard not to visit a beach and see some Stand Up Paddle boarders (SUP’ers) enjoying their sport on the fringe of the surf riders. Or better still, seeing an early morning SUP’er on a quiet river or canal going through their daily core exercise.
The urban myth is that SUP’ing is as old and traditional as surfing, originating in Hawaii generations ago.
That’s only half true.
The reality is that Stand Up Paddle boarding is a modern phenomenon, emerging from the surf of Waikiki in the 1950 and 60’s. When the famous surf classic, Buffalo’s Big Board Classic at Makaha, first included SUP as a category, the sport took off, capturing the public’s imagination. The rest, as they say, is history.
SUP’ers are generally the fittest people you will meet.
Just like swimming, paddle boarding is an all-body workout. It strengthens your core and stabilization system, requiring your connective tissue to generate power through your hands and out your feet. It’s great for stamina and improving balance. As a result your legs, arms and torso are forced to work in unison. It truly is a magnificent sport for overall fitness.
SUP Noosa is Noosa’s original Stand Up Paddle board outlet. Hayden Stintman is a SUP evangelist. His love of the sport is contagious, his knowledge is second to none, and he’s a nice guy as well! Haydyn took TML for a quick lesson a few weeks ago. We were amazed at how much fun this sport can be and how much of a workout your body gets. (You really will discover muscles you never knew you had!)
SUP Noosa is in the perfect location whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned professional. Right on the (relatively) quiet banks of the Noosa River, you can stay close to shore or take off for an adventure in either direction, either upriver or towards the ocean.
What first comes to mind when you think of Noosa Heads on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast? If you said a strip of ultra-cool boutiques, award-winning restaurants and luxury holiday accommodation you would be right. If you said it was the jumping-off point for one of the most magnificent wilderness areas in Australia you would also be right.
Just a few minutes away from all the low-key glamour of Hastings Street at Noosaville you can jump aboard a Noosa Everglades Discovery boat to start delighting in a relaxing cruise through a pristine eco-system with the biggest variety of native bird species in Australia.
For the fact obsessed: Over 44% of all Australia’s birds species reside within the Noosa Everglades and 700 native animals and 1,365 plant species call it home. The Noosa River system combines with the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park to make a haven for both endangered and more common species. The Noosa River is Australia’s only river system with its entire upper catchment protected in National Park.
A winner of a Qantas Tourism Award in 2008 the Discovery Group aim to please. The cruise is ideal for those who don’t like organised tours or of you’re a backpacker, couple or family. This cruise provides endless opportunities to capture some truly remarkable photos for the iPhone photographer or professional.
Favoured with Noosa’s usual February weather of cloudless cornflower skies and little or no breeze, our cruise left Noosaville and within minutes we had seen cormorants, pelicans and herons as well as the more rare Kite soaring overhead. The Everglades are not just picturesque they are spectacular with the constantly changing landscape turning from mangroves to large expanses, mud islands, wetlands and narrow waterways.
The still waters of the narrow reaches make for astounding reflections. Then open water and endless water lilies. You can say goodbye to the boat for a while after a cuppa to take a paddle in a canoe upstream to our barbecue lunch spot at historic Harry’s Hut. This is one of the sites of the early timber cutting industry. After lunch is the perfect time to cool off in the river.
As the afternoon light changes so do the photo opps with different birds and stretches of silver water. This is an experience not to be missed – away from the surf beaches and the cafes. Who knew this paradise was so close?
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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
Surfing legends, old guys, gals, tandem surfers and even dogs have made Noosa beach their home this week for the Noosa Festival of Surfing. It’s referred to as “8 days of pure stoke”, “a party on the beach” and “a celebration of the spirit of surfing”, and these sum up pretty well why the Noosa Festival of Surfing holds such a special spot in the hearts of surfers.
The event, now the world’s biggest surf festival, brings more than 600 competitors and their families to Noosa from around Australia, USA, France, Brazil, NZ, Portugal, Japan, China, Vanuatu and other countries to surf Noosa’s perfect small point breaks – very small so far which has meant some competition has been moved further along the beach, although we’ve been promised the swell will pick up in the next day or two.
The small swell on opening day suited some events, with tandem surfing and the popular dog surfing providing plenty of fun for spectators – and with competitors including #TeamPatches and #TeamHugsley, there’s no shortage of cute Noosa dog surfing photos around (you might also like this blog from The Wandering Lens). Also on opening day, the Magoo Memorial Paddle Out, in honour of the late “father of the festival” Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan, and the traditional blessing of waters beautifully represented the spirit of the surfing culture.
The focus for action out of the waves is festival village, right on Noosa’s Main Beach which has a fun vibe, with toes in the sand as you watch the competition, look through the surf expo, and in the afternoons grab a cool drink from the Beach Bar, then listen to free live music and watch surf movies as the sun goes down.
You’re likely to bump into 7-times world surfing champion Layne Beachley, 4-times world champion Mark Richards, current world longboard champ Harley Ingleby, legendary surfboard designer Bob McTavish or Ironman Matt Poole among the crowds who are in Noosa to take part and soak up the surf vibe. The Legends Exhibition on Saturday afternoon, 14 March is sure to be a stunning display of skill.
A longboarding event at its heart, the festival started in 1998, growing from the Noosa Malibu Classic and retains its spirit of camaraderie among competitors, many of whom return year after year with their families. The Family Challenge which started with mums or dads and their kids competing now has several teams which include grandchildren.
The program includes amateur and professional events for juniors through to over 70s, and has been expanded over the years to include events such as the Womp Comp, teams and tandem, stand-up paddling, a wave dog master class, and new this year is the Waterman Weekend which pits former rivals, “clubbies” and “surfies” against each other in a celebration of all forms of wave riding.
Still to come in the water this week are the logger pro final, nose rider, Joel Tudor’s Invitational, old mal rounds, teams challenge, junior longboarders, and always a colourful spectacle, the Little Humid Costume Party on 13 March (pictured left).
Out of the water, there’s live music and movie screenings on the beach including Behind the Tide; the premiere of 8 Days of Pure Stoke, a documentary about the Noosa Festival of Surfing and the history of surfing in Noosa, filmed by Panga Productions and presented by Layne Beachley; and a movie night with Thomas Campbell and Joel Tudor.
I’m looking forward to the screening on Wednesday evening, 11 March of a trailer for a new movie, Beyond Sight, about blind Brazilian surfer Derek Rabelo’s journey to fulfil his dream to surf Pipeline in Hawaii. Derek will give a display of his amazing skills in Noosa at 5.30pm and will talk about the movie.
The festival is also raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation which helps grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing is celebrating the dedication of the Noosa National Surfing Reserve, giving all beach users a voice in protecting this natural wonder for the future. Noosa is the 19th reserve to be dedicated and was described by National Surfing Reserve co-founder Brad Farmer as the “jewel in the crown”. The reserve takes in all surf breaks from the Noosa River mouth to the northern end of Sunshine Beach, including the famous point breaks in and around Noosa National Park – a beautiful part of Australia’s coastline well worth appreciating and preserving.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing has surfing action and live music every day until Saturday 14 March and there’s live music at Cafe Le Monde, including the Surf Stomp closing party.
See Surf Shots Noosa for more great photos from the festival.