Deus Ex Machina is taking the Womp Comp to the next level this year. After its initial success, the Womp Comp is moving from Bali to Noosa, Queensland in Australia and is officially being crowned the Noosa Festival of Surfing. The contest takes place from March 9th to March 15th, and entries close March 1st. It’s open to men and women of all ages, and will likely bring some all-star watermen and waterwomen to First Point in Noosa.
The new Jeep Waterman Challenge will lead into the Noosa Festival of Surfing. It will invite eight immensely talented surfers from around the world to compete against each other and battle in longboard, shortboard, fin-less and bodysurfing events. Competitors will be transported to the even location in, as the name suggests, a convoy of Jeeps. The challenge will be completed in 6 to 7 hours, filmed live and the winner gets a hefty $2500 cash prize.
Festival director Phil Jarratt decided to add bodysurfing to the event list after watching the first Womp Comp at Canggu’s Sand Bar in Bali. World Champion bodysurfer Mark Cunningham is set to oversee the Noosa Surfing Festival and the bodysurfing division of the Jeep Waterman Challenge.
“Mark Cunningham has been a friend for many years and I’ve always been amazed to see what he can do in good waves, but the Womp Comp really opened my eyes to how many good boarders are also very good wompers,” Jarratt said. “I’m hoping to see the best surf swimmers and the best boardriders who body womp competing side by side. The Bali Womp Comp had a great spirit and I’m confident that the Deus crew can recreate that at Noosa.”