In previous years, the Longboard Tour has been at Noosa around the same time as the Noosa Festival of Surfing. It's been a goal of mine to get up there and shoot some of the long boarding, however, availability never seemed to lined up. Seeing as this year it is literally on my doorstep I knew I had to make some time to get in a few photo sessions during the event.
I was itching to see if there any of the competitors had turned up early, so I started with a warm up swim on Sunday afternoon. I could see a couple of, obviously very good surfers. I entered the water about 50 metres north of the pipe, and despite it being small there was a serious rip draining off the sandbanks and going sideways from Queenscliff around the pipe and into the WSL Pro Juniors competition zone. It was hard to keep in position, it's not normally a problem as I would just drift around, and not worry about it. However, I didn't relish the idea of drifting into the field of play, and a chance being called out over the PA, or worse still - being picked up by the Jet Ski. I got a few shots, swam a lot against the rip and made it back to the beach. I tried my luck further south, but there were no good surfers out.