This year’s Noosa Festival of Surfing included the inaugural Deus Womp Comp. The event was presided over by one of the more famous bodysurfers - Mark Cunningham. Mark was a lifeguard at Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline for over 20 years, and has won the Pipeline Bodysurfing title 6 times. And a nicer and more humble fellow you will never meet.
The organisers were blessed with good swell as the energy from nearby Cyclone Luisa continued to push 4-6ft clean waves throughout the entire festival.
As a bodysurfing competition virgin (there isn’t a whole lot of comps being run in Australia at the moment), I felt the competition had a great vibe - competitors were genuinely excited and friendly. First Point was cleared and ours for the duration of our events – that was worth the entry fee alone! As a first time competitor, I was ‘schooled’ in good versus great bodysurfing technique, however that just makes me more determined to practise and evolve!
The folk at the Noosa Surf Festival pulled together a fantastic little video of the heats that you can see here.
The field was whittled down from 24 to 12, and then from 12 to 6 in the semi-finals with some more fantastic bodysurfing displays, complimented by the enthusiastic Mark Cunningham in the commentary box.
The final was part bodysurfing, part endurance event. The combination of tide and swell created as massive current off the point that made swimming out to the take-off point hard work. Many competitors chose to ride the waves a little longer than normal, get out then run around.
The competitionwas won by waterman Harrison Roach who was consistently good throughout the competition.
Congratulations to the Noosa Surf Festival and Deus for putting on a fantastic event. Here’s hoping they repeat the exercise at next year’s Festival!