Each year a world-class field of longboarders descend upon the sunshine coast for the Noosa Festival Of Surfing. Of the 33 competitors who pulled on a singlet in the Old Mal division this year, only three were women. Hawaiian-born, Aussie-based, Sierra Lerback, made history not only by being the first woman in the finals but by actually beating the boys and taking the first-place trophy home.
Sierra secured her victory with a deftly executed hang ten that made the Noosa crowd wild with delight and the judges hastily punch in the highest wave score of the finals day. The masterful ride also earned Sierra the acclaim of her fellow competitors, who could do little but smile as they watched their chances glide away, 10 toes already wrapped around the trophy.
Conscious that her victory represented a giant leap forward for women’s surfing, Sierra happily dedicated the win to the cause. “This is for the girls!! To make women surf more!”
Here, Sierra talks us through her journey to the podium.