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Noosa Festival of Surfing

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The Noosa Festival of Surfing is one of the most popular annual events in Noosa, and why wouldn’t it be with all those hunky surfer dudes hanging around town?! Even if you don’t think you’re into surfing this is one event that you should try and be in Noosa for.

About the Surf Festival

The festival has been running since the early ’90’s and since its humble beginnings has grown into a massive world renowned event.

Although the main purpose of the Noosa surf festival is obviously surfing, the event is also a celebration of the surfing way of life. Cool dudes and partying! During the week long event there are numerous live bands playing around town. One whole week, 8 days full of activities and definitely worth a visit each day.

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This event starts early in the morning between 6.30 and 7am and finishes around 5pm each day. It’s a combination of watching the amateur and pro surfers compete with each other and cultural entertainment. Good music, art exhibitions and movies and some close up shots of the surfing greats on big screens during the day. In the evenings head to the bars for some live music!

Surf Competition Australia

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is the biggest riding event for pros, teams and amateurs in the world! Even dogs on surfboards come and show off, which is epic to watch for all of us! Surfers and visitors come from all over the world, e.g. Japan, USA, France and New Zealand, ranging from 15 years or even younger up to 80 years and older. Surfing disciplines such as Stand Up Paddle, Finless, Noserider, and the main discipline, Longboard Surfing are all on show. All for free!

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Noosa Festival of Surfing 2018

Date: 10th – 17th March The Noosa festival of surfing is held annually in March, in one of the world’s great surf locations. First Point at Noosa Heads is a perfect surfing spot for longboard surfing (apparently). This is due to the breezes from the South-East going around the tip of Noosa National Park.

Live Music & Entertainment: Throughout the entire festival there is loads of free live music and entertainment going on every day! Head on down to the XXXX Summer Beach Bar every day from 6pm onwards to catch some surfy tunes from local and international artists.

Event Guide: Contests kick off each day between 06:30 and 07:00 where you can catch all of the action from the beach. There are a number of different heats throughout the day. Different styles (paddleboarding, bodyboarding, longboarding and so on). Different age groups and of course different skill levels. Not to be missed is the surfdogs display on Saturday 10th March from  at 3pm!

For the full events schedule click here.

noosa festival of surfing

Don’t miss out on the next Noosa festival of surfing and make sure you book your accommodation at Nomads Noosa in advance. It gets very busy. Ensuited 8, 12 or 16 shared comfy bed rooms, lush gardens and a resort pool. Not to forget we’re close to the beach, Noosa National Park and all different kinds of shops and nightlife.

If watching the surfing competition got you hungry to learn how to surf. Or you want to know the best beaches in Noosa for surfing then read our article all about Surfing in Noosa.

Event details

Event name: Noosa Festival of Surfing

Start date: March 10, 2018 8:00 am

About: An event that really celebrates surfing, with heaps of entertainment as well as numerous surf competitions over the 8 days. Not to be missed is the surf dogs display on the first day.

Who will like this event?: If you like sitting on the beach you'll love this festival but if you enjoy surfing in any way then this week long event is not to be missed

Venue: Noosa Heads

Address: First Point, Noosa, QLD, Australia

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