From the organisers:
We are proud to announce that the Eco Challenge Gold Coast 2015 event is locked in for March 15, 2015 at Tugun Surf Life Saving Club 29 O’Connor St, Tugun QLD 4224
The event will again be part of the Bleach Festival and is a free family friendly surfing lifestyle community event which will comply with sustainable event management guidelines and promote alternative surfing products & services & the natural & social environment.
Further info here.
Facebook page for the event here.
From the Gold Coast Bulletin:
A SURFING competition with “new” wooden surfboards is coming to the Gold Coast.
The inaugural Surf Rider Foundation Eco Challenge will be held at Tugun Surf Life Saving Club this month as part of Bleach Festival to promote sustainable coastal lifestyles.
The competition is open to surfers wanting to ride surfboards only recently brought out from history books — the ancient Hawaiian alaia.
Despite being used for hundreds of years, the board was forgotten in the 20th century because, at no thicker than 24mm and without fins, it was thought it could not angle across a wave.