Noosa Festival of Surfing 2024

For surf enthusiasts worldwide, the Noosa Festival of Surfing holds a special place as a celebration of wave-riding culture, camaraderie, and the sheer joy of being out on the water.

From its modest beginnings in 1992 to its status today as a global phenomenon, this event has grown into an unmissable highlight on the surfing calendar, drawing participants and spectators from across the globe.

Originally conceived as the Noosa Malibu Classic by the Noosa Malibu Club, the festival took its first steps in partnership with Phil Jarratt Communications Pty Ltd in the late 1990s. Inspired by the Biarritz Surf Festival in France, it quickly captured the imagination of surfers and their families worldwide.

What began as a local gathering soon evolved into an international extravaganza, attracting surfers from Hawaii, California, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, and beyond.

Over the years, the Noosa Festival of Surfing has not only grown in size but also in spirit. Since 2010, record numbers of competitors have flocked to Noosa’s shores, eager to test their skills against the world’s best. Yet, amidst the fierce competition, the festival has maintained its reputation as a family-friendly affair, welcoming surfers of all ages and skill levels.

One of the festival’s most beloved features is its inclusivity. While seasoned veterans gather for a reunion, aspiring juniors find inspiration and encouragement to pursue their passion for surfing. And let’s not forget the surfing dogs, whose impressive skills never fail to entertain both young and old alike.

But the Noosa Festival of Surfing is more than just a series of competitions. It’s a vibrant celebration of surf culture, with something for everyone to enjoy. From the lively beach bar and electrifying live music to captivating art shows and mesmerising shaping exhibitions, there’s no shortage of entertainment on offer. And for those with a deeper appreciation for the ocean, the World Surf Reserve activations provide a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving our coastal environments.

As we reflect on another successful year of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making it possible.

To the organisers who work tirelessly behind the scenes, the volunteers who lend a helping hand, the sponsors who provide vital support, and, of course, the surfers whose passion and talent breathe life into the event, we salute you.

And to my team of volunteers who helped me at the event I say thank you and that I appreciated your assistance.

We eagerly await next year’s festivities. Let’s cherish the memories made, the friendships forged, and the waves conquered.