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The best traditional longboarders in the world will be heading for Noosa next March when the Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Cricks Noosa, hosts the return of the Duct Tape Invitational.
Seen in Noosa for the first time in 2013, the DTI is the brainchild of style guru Joel Tudor and sponsors Vans. A few years back the former world longboard champion and master of all kinds of surfcraft began to feel very strongly that competitive longboarding had strayed too far from its roots. He set out on a global mission to promote traditional longboarding, or “logging”, taking a small posse of traditionalists to the great surf destinations of the world and pitting them against the best of the local talent. The Duct Tape Invitational has now been held in France, Spain, Canada, both coasts of the USA and, of course, Noosa, where local surfer Harrison Roach took out the 2013 title.
The Duct Tape has become the main stage for a new generation of loggers such as Noosa’s Roach, California’s Alex Knost, Ryan Burch and Tyler Warren, the UK’s James Parry, and a host of others who had been largely ignored by the surf world. The contest is comprised of 16 invitees competing on traditional single fin logs with no modern attachments, such as leg rope plugs. In addition there is a no-interference, best wave shared aspect where surfers are encouraged to ride the same wave and see what they can make of it together. Nose-riding, cutbacks, and all other manoeuvres are scored, but it is style that is the backbone of what the Duct Tape really brings to competitive surfing.
The 2015 Duct Tape Invitational in Noosa will be contested between 15 invited surfers and the highest-placed non-invitee in the Festival’s own Logger Pro, who will be granted a wildcard. The event will be run over a four-day window, utilising the best conditions available for traditional logging.
The Vans Duct Tape crew will also bring to the Festival their own brand of energy on the beach, with surf art exhibitions and music events underlining their presence. Festival Director Phil Jarratt said: “We’re really looking forward to the return of Joel and his merry band of style warriors. The Duct Tape adds a whole new layer of fun to a great program of events slated for 2015.”
Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing 2015
Noosa Festival of Surfing, All around Noosa's Beaches, Noosa Heads
7th to the 14th of March 2015
For further information please visit http://www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com/nfos15/event-info/full-daily-schedule/
, Noosa Heads
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