SeeainOz: Only in Noosa

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Gather together three generations of the best surfers from around the world on one beach, and you’re guaranteed to have rare memories that stay with you forever. Only during the Noosa Festival of Surfing can you exit the bus from the airport, totally jet lagged and lost, and then find your friends by following the sounds of waves.

Only in Noosa can you surf under the night sky, and not be alone. “I would never do it at home but always seem to do it at Noosa. It just feels safe,” says Australian Seeababe Kirra Innes who lives in Yamba.

On her first trip to Australia, Seea’s resident photographer Luki O’Keefe shared how the locals made her feel welcome during her first days in Noosa.

Congrats to Seeababes Karina Rozunko for placing first in the Women’s Open and Makala Smith for placing second at the Noosa Festival of Surfing!


Hangin' out in Oz. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 

Karina connects to nature. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 
Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 

Karina in the Martinique in Blush. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 

Beautiful scenery on the path to the beach. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 

Karina in the Martinique in Blush. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 

Makala in the Tabatinga Bikini in Cocodot. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 
“The waves are the #1 best thing about Noosa the 2nd best is the community that the waves bring together.

I hopped off the plane and on to a bus that dropped me off somewhere in the middle of Noosa. I hadn't been able to connect with anyone so I just asked someone where the beach was, like the totally lost tourist I was. I walked for quite a while in clothes that were not made for the overwhelmingly hot weather, carrying a suitcase and two backpacks across town until I heard the waves crash.

I followed the sound down a trail in the woods and found Karina who led me to the van that I now call home. Over the next few days I connected with friends I hadn't seen since their visit last summer and I met heaps of new friends that offered me a home, a board, and some waves. I'm on the other side of the world but the community feels identical to the SanO surf tribe I grew up with.” -- Luki O'Keefe.

Our resident photographer, Luki O'Keefe. 
Makala in the Tabatinga Bikini in Cocodot. Photo by Luki O'Keefe.
Cluster at the point. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 
Kirra in the Lido One-Piece in Gold Leaf. Photo by Luki O'Keefe.
Kirra in the Lido One-Piece in Gold Leaf. Photo by Luki O'Keefe.  
Kirra in the Lido One-Piece in Gold Leaf. Photo by Luki O'Keefe.
Our Aussie friend's got a wicked soul arch. Photo by Luki O'Keefe.
Kirra in the Lido One-Piece in Gold Leaf. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 

Kirra in the Lido One-Piece in Gold Leaf. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 
Karina in the Tofino in Black Lace. Photo by Luki O'Keefe. 
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