First Point Noosa, Queensland has dished up awesome waves for the opening day of the Noosa Longboard Open, the first stop on the revamped World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Tour (LT). Some of the biggest names in Longboarding showcased an array of traditional, classic and stylish surfing at one of the world’s most iconic waves.

 Two-time WSL World Longboard Champion Kelia Moniz (above) (HAW) made her return to competitive surfing today admitting that the opportunity to surf Noosa Point for Championship points was an offer she couldn’t refuse. After a few years of soul searching, 26-year-old Moniz is keen to reignite her passion for competing and the reinvigorated Longboard Tour along with the announcement of some fresh new locations to compete at was all the encouragement the Hawaiian needed.

I had a bit of an epiphany recently and just thought, I still have a lot to give and I don’t want to grow old wondering. Having those kinds of thoughts definitely gave me the incentive to come back and compete, along with the fact that Longboarding seems to be at the start of a really exciting time. What the WSL has done to lock in some new events in a variety of awesome locations plus getting Devon (Howard) onboard, I think the next few years is looking so exciting and I really didn’t want to miss out. Starting the Longboard Tour off at such an incredible wave like Noosa is amazing, it’s a wave that is perfect for longboarding and really allows you to display style and grace which I believe are two of the most important elements to longboarding in a more traditional style.

Kelia Moniz

The name Karina Rozunko (USA) is synonymous with stylish, flowing, traditional longboarding. The Californian is another surfer who has taken a few years away from competing at WSL events but has been drawn back in by the lure of good waves and classic longboarding. Rozunko revelled in the long-running walls of First Point, progressing in second place, rewarded for time on the nose and cross stepping through the critical sections.

It’s cool to be back competing especially at a place like Noosa, I’ve always enjoyed competing but to know now, I can do it in the way I like to, is pretty awesome. Having a number of events to decide a World Longboard Champion is really exciting and I think it’s about time and so good that the WSL are putting more focus into this style of surfing. I’m excited to see how I go over the next few days and how everyone surfs in this beautiful part of the world. Karina Rozunko

The Noosa Longboard Open will run from March 7 – 10 and be broadcast live at www.worldsurfleague.com, on the Free WSL App and on WSL’s Facebook Live Page.

Photos courtesy WSL