Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing 2013
CRICKS NOOSA JEEP IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT FOR NOOSA SURF FESTIVAL
The Noosa Festival of Surfing will take on a new naming rights sponsor in 2013, with Noosa’s oldest and largest multi-franchise dealership, Crick’s Noosa, and Jeep Australia , one of Australia’s fastest growing brands, joining forces to back the world’s biggest surfboard riding event.
The Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing (March 10-16, 2013) will be the 22nd annual edition of the event, and promises to be the best ever. Said festival director Phil Jarratt: “Having our lead sponsor locked in this early, and backed by the return of most of our loyal commercial supporters, the festival has the opportunity to really build on the success of the 2012 event. This year we successfully engaged with the local and regional community who just loved the ambience of our beach village and bar and the free entertainment in and out of the water. In 2013 we want to leverage that support to present a week that celebrates the spirit of surfing in one of the world’s great surf locations.”
Cricks Noosa Dealer principal Matthew Murray said Cricks and Jeep were delighted to be aligning their brands with an event that showcased a healthy, active lifestyle for all ages. “As an enthusiastic surf paddler, I know how much fun the surfing lifestyle is,” he said. “It’s a great adventure, and there’s no better expression of that than throwing the boards and the rods into the back of the Jeep and heading up the beach. We think there’s a real synergy here and we’re thrilled to be a part of the 2013 festival.”
The Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival will incorporate several new features, on top of the more than 20 pro, amateur, specialty and team surfing events, the free entertainment program on a beach stage and the surf expo on the sand. Among these:
- Like A Cup of Tea With God – the rich surfing history of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, presented in words, music, movies, photographs and art, in a community-based program involving schools, clubs and charities, as well as surfing’s leading documentarians
- Stand-alone Stand Up Paddle Mini Festival – a two-day SUP extravaganza to kick off the festival, with surf events, ocean racing, expo and beach entertainment
- North Shore Jeep Surfari – disadvantaged and disabled kids join the world champions for the surfing adventure of a lifetime
- Dog Surfing gets serious – well, not too serious. Hot on the heels of our hugely popular 2012 exhibition, next year it will be an actual competition. And no, we’re not barking mad!
The 2013 festival will once again be hosted by the Noosa Malibu Club and sanctioned by Surfing Australia. Phil Jarratt said the organising team had already received pledges of support from leading sponsors Global Surf Industries, Golden Breed, PJ Burns and Classic Malibu Surfboards; accommodation sponsors Tingirana, Outrigger Little Hastings Street, and Saks; media sponsor Pacific Longboarder and product sponsor Vertra sunscreen. “It’s great to have so many friends back on board before we even go out door-knocking, and we’ll make sure they get true value for money from our eight-month awareness campaign on our website and through social media.”
The festival, which raised more than $8000 for Frangipani Dreams and the Noosa Malibu Club’s youth development scheme this year, will again donate bar profits to charity and community benefit organisations.
On-line competitor entries in the amateur divisions, with age groups from under 15 to over 65, opened this week, with specialty, team and professional events to open in the next two months. The festival expects to attract more than 500 competitors, along with 4-5000 supporters and spectators from all over the world.
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