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Hello Noosa Festival of Surfing 2020!

The Noosa Festival of Surfing

Taking place over 9 days at Noosa's First Point (a.k.a the eastern end of Noosa Main Beach) the 2020 Noosa Festival of Surfing celebrates the backbone of our culture - SURFING - from Saturday, 22 February – Sunday, 1 March. Packed full of events, waves, boards and beaches, it's time to get stoked and prepare for all the goodness of this year's festival swell.

To get your head around all that's on over this 9-day surf affair, we've got the rundown on everything from Noosa Festival of Surfing sessions to the World Surf League professional surf tour, The Festival's Beach Bar and Noosa's newest music vibe - The Drop Festival.

The Surf Schedule!

The World Surfing League visits Noosa from 22 to 25 February and brings a 'lil something extra to town during this time of surfing epicness. The professional surf tour hosts its men's and women's Noosa Longboard Open events that sees world champions cruising along our beloved breaks!

Check out legendary longboarders on the following days! 

  • Saturday 22 - WSL Noosa Longboard Open Day 1
  • Sunday 23 - WSL Noosa Longboard Open Day 2 
  • Monday 24 - WSL Noosa Longboard Open Day 3 
  • Tuesday 25 - WSL Noosa Longboard Open Day 4 
  • and make sure you immerse yourself in all the action at the WSL Event Winner Presentation at the Beach Bar on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 February!


The Noosa Festival of Surfing Competition continues daily from 6:40am - 5:30pm and is completely FREE! 

So what's on?

  • Wednesday 26 - Check out the age divisions (no juniors), Men's and Women's Open, and Old Mal
  • Thursday 27 - It's time for more age divisions (no juniors), Men's and Women's Loggers and Men's and Women's Open
  • Friday 28 - Fri-yay age divisions, Men's Opens and Teams
  • Saturday 29 - It's the age divisions, Loggers, Opens, Old Mal and Teams
  • Sunday 1 - Hello all Finals and Teams* Day! 
  • Awards Ceremony - The official awards presentation is held at the Festival's Noosa Civic Stage near the Beach Bar to celebrate the surfing with interviews, trophies, and applause, on Sunday, March 1 from 3:30pm - 5pm.

Cultural Events 

If you're down for more of a sit-by-the-sea and spectate vibe, check out all the cultural events you can get among across the 9 days!

Daily Festival Events

The Beach Bar on Noosa Main Beach will be the hub of the Festival vibe with live music and  DJ tunes daily from 4pm - 8pm.  

Dusk & Dawn Beach Clean-Ups - We're an eco bunch here in Noosa so it's important we protect our natural wonders - you can get involved in the daily beach clean-ups and volunteer now! 

After Party action will be hosted EVERY NIGHT at the iconic Halse Lodge for drinks, food, and fun from 8pm until late.

The Surf Art Show  - See Heads of Noosa Brewery come to life with live art demonstrations, chainsaw sculpting, surfboard shaping and interactive art workshops for the community to enjoy. This is a FREE event that's hosted over 9 days from 12pm - 9pm. 

Friday 21 

  • Noosa World Surfing Reserve Dedication - Noosa's official dedication as the 10th World Surfing Reserve will be held in the Noosa National Park, followed by a public celebration from 3 pm at the Noosa Festival of Surfing on Main Beach with surfing exhibitions, live music, food and drinks at the Festival Beach Bar. 
  • Open Ceremony & Paddle Out -  The Opening Ceremony will begin at 5pm in Laguna Bay, off Main Beach. There will be a Welcome to Country, brief speeches and the traditional paddle-out to kick-off the Festival. Stick around for live music from 2018 WSL Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer.

Saturday 22

  • Active Escapes Training Session - Get a morning workout from 7am - 8am with Active Escapes as they bring their star trainers to Main Beach! Register HERE!
  • An Afternoon with Nick Cunningham - This Free Gig at Cafe Le Monde, will see this crowd favourite opening the weekend of epic Noosa vibes. 
  • Opening Party at Thomas Surfboards - From 6pm there will be plenty of cold beer to go around, live music all night. It is an 18+ event with a small cover charge. A complimentary Festival shuttle bus will be running on a round circuit between Hastings Street, Noosaville and Project Ave between 5 – 11:30pm.
  • Art Show Opening Party at Heads of Noosa Brewery - Will be hosted from 6pm to 11pm. It's a free event that's definitely worth attending
  • Jawgon & Alex Millington at Cafe Le Monde - From 9pm-midnight these guys will be bringing feel-good house vibes.

Sunday 23 

  • Enjoy Active Escape's Beach Yoga with Amanda Bisk from 7am - 8am. Come and join the AE stars on the Noosa foreshore for an epic morning session for your chance to win your place on the AE Bali Festival from 11 - 17 May 2020.


Monday 24 

  • Meet the World Surfing League Pros at Halse Lodge - This is your chance to meet and hang out with some of the WSL professionals. Names will be announced on social media - it's FREE and will be hosted from 8pm - 10pm.

Tuesday 25 

Wednesday 26

Thursday 27 

Friday 28 

  • Noosa Festival of Surfing's Charity Dinner at Sunshine Beach Surf Club will play host to an auction of boards and surf memorabilia, with all funds going directly to local kids with disabilities. It is sure to be a whole lot of fun, with @927mixfm's Todd & Sami and special guests, 2019 World Longboard champions Honolua Blomfield and Justin Quintal. 

Saturday 29 

  • The Drop Festival - Noosa's newest music event with a line-up of Aussie legends featuring The Presets, Boy & Bear, Ball Park Music, Allday, DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander and Graace. Grab your tickets!

Sunday 1

  • Last but not least, the crowd favourite and the world’s biggest Surfing Dog Championships, it's the Vetshop Dog Surfing Championships!!! It's back from 1:30pm - 2:30pm and we can't wait for these little pooches to hit the surf! 🐶🏄

Want more? Check out the Noosa Festival of Surfing event overview OR get the low down on Noosa's newest festival, The Drop Festival.

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