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Noosa Paddle Trip

This trip is designed for strong paddlers who want to progress their paddle stroke, wave catching positioning and downwind skills


Why is the Noosa/Mooloolaba paddle trip so good?

You do everything you usually do on a holiday relax, eat, drink, sleep and as a bonus, your days will involve exciting wave catching moments and chasing ocean runners with other like minded paddlers in the most stunning locations.

The Noosa river mouth offers amazing waves to catch, Your Coach Luke Horder will show you where to paddle out, when to catch the wave, the correct line to hold and when to pull off.

There will be paddles out to Hells Gate. Don't be scared by the name, Luke will take you out there and perform ocean downwind efforts. You will look back towards Noosa and see how beautiful the place is from the water.

Mooloolaba wave catching is off Port Cartwright for the bigger waves and inside at Mooloolaba Beach for the smaller wave. Start with the smaller wave and build up to the bigger waves. Coach Luke will also put you in the right sport for wave catching and direct you on the right line to stay on the sandbank. 

Moffats Ocean Run is off the charts, this 16km ocean run from Moffats Beach to Mooloolaba Boat ramp will take your ocean skills to another level. 

The amount of waves and runners you catch in one week in Noosa/Mooloolaba, should equal the amount you catch in a whole year, in Sydney.

What else is involved?

Stroke analysis is provided in the Noosa flat water. For this, Coach Luke Horder will film your stroke from a speedboat. Later that day Luke will sit with each paddler and break their stroke down frame by frame, providing plenty of tips for you to work on for the rest of the paddle week.


Coach Luke will capture plenty of cool footage of everyone on waves and an end of week a fun video “mash up” to sum up the amazing trip.


The 2024 Noosa Paddle trip will start in Noosa Monday 16th September and end in Mooloolaba on Saturday 21st September 2024, so plan your travel and accommodation around these dates. The paddling days on the trip will be first paddle in the morning of Tuesday 17th and last paddle Saturday morning 21st September. 


Payable to Sydney Harbour Surf Club: $1,250 AUD

Deposit - $50 AUD by 29/02/2024, to secure your spot.

Second payment - $600 AUD by 31/03/2024

Third payment - $600 AUD by 33/04/2024

No refunds will be given after 30/06/2024

This covers the following and ensures we can lock in the trip logistics.

We supply:

  • The Epic Surf Ski of your choice for the paddle trip dates
  • Paddle and PFD (let us know if you prefer to BYO either or both of these)
  • Expert coaching on “wave catching” and “ocean runners”
  • Filming of your stroke and frame by frame break down of your stroke in person
  • Our trailer/vehicle will get you and your Epic surf ski to all the paddle locations each day

We arrange:

We will book amazing restaurants for the group to come together, however meal and beverage costs at these venues are your own cost with split bills available.

  • Monday (16th ) Bang Bang Asian Fushion (Hastings St, Noosa)
  • Wednesday (18th) Bistro C (Hastings St, Noosa)
  • Friday (20th) Pier 33 (Mooloolaba Wharf)

You arrange:

  • Flights / travel - Flights – fly Sydney to Sunshine Coast airport Monday 16th September, fly Sunshine Coach airport to Sydney Saturday 21st September
  • Your accommodation – please see map locations below to find your place within the red circle
  • Most meals – we will arrange venues for three evening meals, other evenings can be arranged amongst the group of paddlers or yourself.
  • Transit to / from Sunshine Coast airport to/from accommodation
  • Transit between Noosa and Mooloolaba – Thursday 19th September (10am -12pm) we all transit/drive from Noosa to Mooloolaba together. 


Accommodation: (Note two locations to book)

You need to arrange your own accommodation. or are great resources to check out accommodation options.

  • Accommodation in Noosa for check in Monday 16th September and Check out Thursday 19th September.

Please look for accommodation inside the red circle

Noosa Map


Mooloolaba Map

  • Accommodation in Mooloolaba for check in Thursday 19th September and Check out Saturday 21st September.

Please look for accommodation inside the red circle


General Trip Logistics

What gear will I need?

We will provide you with a detailed recommended packing list of things to take closer to the time.

 As an overview, you will require:

  • normal paddling gear (recommend at least 3 sets of paddle clothing, preferably high vis. Hi-Vis orange is the most visible colour out in the ocean and makes it easier to spot each other)
  • your paddle & PFD (note we can provide these, just let Luke know when booking)
  • leg leash (take spares, every year several leg leashes break),
  • your phone case for safe storage, for SafeTrx + the all important photo taking
  • VHF radio (optional but highly recommended for on the water communications)
  • Your caps/visors, sunglasses, and GoPro - will all need ties.

You can take your own paddle on the plane, it is classified as its own bag, so you need to have purchased extra luggage for it. If you have a suitable paddle bag, place your paddle in and place all your paddle clothes around it to protect it. If you have a paddle soft cover, please wrap it extensively in bubble wrap and place fragile stickers on it. The airport baggage handlers through your paddle and sometimes it ends up underneath other heavier suitcases, so the more protection the better. You can also place your paddle and PFD in the trailer before it leaves Sydney. 










Monday 16th September –

Arrive in Noosa


Restaurant - Team Dinner


Bang Bang



Tuesday 17th September

(8am – 12pm)




X Train


Noosa River Mouth - Paddle from boat ramp out to Noosa River Mouth warm up. Learn all the skills of wave catching together with a video taken of you on a wave. Finish with a warm down paddle to the boat ramp and filming of your stroke for analysis. Finish with abdominal workout and stretches





Meet/Finish at Russell St Boat Ramp


Luke Horder


Wednesday 18th September (9am – 12pm)




X Train


Hells Gate ins & outs – Paddle from boat ramp out to Noosa River mouth and then onto Hells Gate, working on getting the weight down on the stroke. Ins and Outs from Hells Gate, then smaller waves at Blackrock before returning to Noosa River Mouth.

Focus – Transferring weight from one stroke to the other  

Paddle back to boat ramp cool down and Finish with abdominal workout and stretches





Meet/Finish at Russell St Boat Ramp


Luke Horder

Wednesday 18th September 6:30pm


Restaurant - Team Dinner


Bistro C


Thursday 19th March (7am – 9am)


Ocean Paddle and river mouth wave catching


Meet/Finish at Russell St Boat Ramp

Luke Horder

Thursday 10am


Drive to Mooloolaba  





Thursday 19th September (3pm – 5pm)



X Train

16km  Moffats downwind run is wind is over 20km/h or

Wave Catching & Body Rotation work - Paddle from Mooloolaba boat ramp out to Port Cartwright to catch waves. Paddle back to boat ramp




Meet/Finish at Mooloolaba Boat Ramp


Luke Horder








Friday 20th September (7:30am – 10am)





16km Moffats downwind run is wind is over 20km/h or

Paddle speed work for wave catching - Paddle from Mooloolaba boat ramp out to Port Cartwright warm up, and practice wave catching. Finish with a warm down paddle to the boat ramp.


Mooloolaba Boat ramp

Luke Horder


Friday 20th September (2pm – 5pm)





Moffats Ocean Downwind Session - 1km warm up out to sea from Moffat Beach Boat ramp/ Then do 6 x 2km efforts @ 70-75% working on runner skills, with 2-3 min rest after each 2km effort/ warm down paddle to Mooloolaba boat ramp

Focus – getting the surf ski down curvatures (ocean runners)


We drive to Moffats Beach Boat ramp

Luke Horder

Friday 6:30pm


Restaurant – Farewell Dinner

Pier 33



Saturday 21st September



8am - 10:30am  - Paddle from Mooloolaba boat ramp out to Port Cartwright warm up, and practice wave catching. Finish with a warm down paddle to the boat ramp. 

Leave for airport for a lunchtime or early afternoon flight home.