Greg Noll Returns

The month-long Surf Retrospect celebrations planned to mark the 60 years of surfing progression in October is set to be bolstered with the return on Greg Noll.

It was 60 years ago  when Australian Surf Lifesaving held a pre-Olympic surf titles at Torquay, inviting several countries to compete against Australia.

It was on November 18, 1956 and included in the US team were boardriders Tom Zahn, Mike Bright, Tad Devine and soon to be legendary big wave waterman Greg “The Bull” Noll.

The United States team turned up with two styles of surf craft, a surf kayak and a Malibu surf board never seen before in Australia.

In a little known fact, Cronulla was the first to see them when several lifeguards did a surfing demonstration at Cronulla Point in front of thousands of spectators who had only ever seen the ungainly “Toothpicks” style of surf craft. Surfing was never the same again as every young surfer made the switch to surfboards that could ride the waves.

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MOB Big Wave Awards

The MOB Big Wave Awards, initiated by Blake Johnston and part of Surf Retrospect 2016, are attracting some great entries. Here are just a few:

“The concept is to embrace and showcase the local big wave community and the world class waves in the Cronulla region. By doing so we will create camaraderie between the surfers who share a passion for big heavy waves and make it a safer environment by doing so,” Johnston said.

There are seven categories headed by the ‘Ride of the Year’ which can be with paddling or towing in. The surfer has to complete the drop to at least the bottom of the wave to qualify. Awards including tube of the year, best wipeout, performer of the year, rookie performer of the year, move of the year and photo of the year will all be voted on by the CBWA panel and selected surfers.

Cash and prizes will be awarded for the surfer and photographer of each winning category. The event will culminate with the M.O.B store hosting Sydney’s biggest ever surfboard demonstration day held at Dunningham Park. The public will also be able to trial a huge range of the world’s best gear.

Entry details here>>

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Surf Retrospect “Invitational” Heritage Surf Contest

Entries are now available for the Surf Retrospect “Invitational” Heritage Surf Contest – presented by Purnell Motors. At this stage local boardriders club presidents, have the first options on places for their members, in the various divisions. If your keen to enter please contact your club president. Following that open entries will be called for the remaining places.

The aim of the event is to celebrate “60 years of Progression” since the first “malibu” style surfboards were surfed in Australia (at Cronulla). Surfing Sutherland Shire seeks to showcase the best local surfers in each of the various divisions of the event.

Divisions will include; Open 9′ Men’s Longboard, Open 8′ Women’s Longboard, Open Logger, Open Bodyboard, Open Shortboard, Junior Shortboard, Open Women’ Shortboard, Open Retro Board, Open Kneeboard.

In line with the reflection on the first “malibu’ boards surfed at Cronulla Point, we aim to hold this event at that surf spot. The competition will, however, be mobile to capture the best available conditions dished up on October 2-3, 2016.

You can also access the entry from via the CBNSR Facebook Page.