5 things you didn’t know about Noosa Festival of Surfing
Every year you can see more types of surfing in Noosa than you ever thought possible.
Dogs hanging ten, pro longboarders and tandem surfers can be seen hitting the water for the Noosa Festival of Surfing – the biggest surfing event in the world by competitor numbers.
More than 800 entrants from 15 countries converge on the waves at First Point, cheered by crowds watching from the festival village right in front of the break.
Longboards, finless, bodysurfing and tandem – each style of surfing is showcased over eight days, with plenty of action in and out of the water. Here are six things you didn’t know about the most inclusive surfing festival in the world.
1. It’s got every surfing style under the sun
When you plonk your feet into the sand at the First Point, you know you’re in for a good show. Not only can you witness the pro’s carving it up, at Noosa Festival of Surfing you can catch some of the most innovative and kooky surfing out there.
With loads of speciality events – from the gravity-defying norerider division to boardless surfing and the Surfing Dog Spectacular – you won’t get enough of the show playing out in Noosa’s perfect waves.
2. Everyone and anyone can get involved
Whether you’re a junior, senior, or in-between, you can compete in the Noosa Festival of Surfing. With an under 15’s section and an over 70’s section, age is no excuse for not getting up on a board and trying your best.
3. You don’t have to know anything about surfing
If you’re less gracious than a fish out of water when it comes to all things surfing, sitting on the sidelines (or sand, more like) is just as fun. For the week, Noosa is transformed into surfie central (well, more than usual), so if you’ve always wanted to live like Kate Bosworth from Blue Crush for a week, here’s your chance.
Let the sun bleach your hair and the sand get everywhere as you live like a local, bouncing between the beach and the festival village straight off the sand.
From yoga sessions to live music, movies and activities for the whole family, there’s plenty to do even if you’re not a budding Kelly Slater.
4. It’s the world’s best surf party
Unsure of what to do once the competition finishes for the day? The surfers know just the place to be – the Summer Beach Bar. Think laidback vibes, the sea breeze, ice cold beer and wine, and great music. After a busy day in the sun, it’s the perfect spot to down a bevo and let loose, with live local bands that have made waves at festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and Bluesfest.
5. It’s a festival with an impact
Remember that when you’re out on your board, it’s just you and mother nature.
This event is all about respecting the sand and the waves. Set in one of the few World Surfing Reserves, festival organisers are working hard to implement sustainability initiatives, including becoming plastic free and hosting sustainability workshops.
This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated in December 2020.