MAX JUDO – Graham Newman, Lucas Proudfoot, Marty Shang and Brendan Carr.
MAX JUDO – Graham Newman, Lucas Proudfoot, Marty Shang and Brendan Carr. Crystal Spencer

Kirra SurfStock ready to rock

REVELLERS at Kirra SurfStock this weekend will get a taste of new music from an internationally-made album before anyone else in the country.

Tweed band MaxJudo, recently returned from their fourth tour of America, will headline the inaugural event this Sunday night on Kirra Beach.

The roots, rock and soul band will also release their second album, Good Tonight, over the weekend at the massive event.

The band’s didgeridoo player, frontman and Pottsville-born Lucas Proudfoot yesterday said he was looking forward to performing.

“It’s the first time anyone in Australia will hear some of our new songs performed live,” Mr Proudfoot said.

“It won’t be released nationally until some time during the summer, so it’s a nice early release for everyone at Kirra this weekend.

Mr Proudfoot said performing at SurfStock will be an honour for the band.

“We’ve all surfed at Kirra in the past, and this will be our first headline act. It will be momentous for us,” he said.

“We heard about Kirra SurfStock while we were overseas and we got in contact with organisers so we could be a part of it.”

Mr Proudfoot said he began surfing at Kirra when he was about eight.

“The other members of the band and I all met through surfing locally around the Tweed, and Kirra was among the best places to go,” Mr Proudfoot said.

“I know people who have only seen what the surf at Kirra looked like five years ago through video. They surf the reef now and all they say is that they wish they could have been there in the glory days.”

Kirra SurfStock takes off today and goes until Sunday night.

The launch party will be tonight at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel, with musicians Nick Saxton, Tokyo Beef and SpinCity performing.

Surfboard design revolutionary Bob McTavish will launch his new book tomorrow.

The book, Bob McTavish, Stoked! includes memories of McTavish pumping eight-foot waves at Kirra in the late 1950s.

Festival director Andrew McKinnon said plans were on track for the festival.

“It’s going to be a festival to celebrate, create awareness of Kirra and bring families and communities together,” Mr McKinnon said.

“Our rally to save Kirra was held on Australia Day when 3000 people turned up to paddle in a peaceful by symbolic protest.”

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