Noosa Festival of Surfing 2019
- When: 2-10 March 2019
- Website: www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com
The Noosa Festival of Surfing brings some of the world’s best longboarders to Noosa's world renowned point breaks, along with fun, surf culture and
great vibes as it lives up to its mantra of ‘celebrating the joy of surfing’.
The Noosa Malibu Club and World Surf League present the Noosa Festival of Surfing, bringing together surfers of all ages from around the world to compete across numerous disciplines. From under 15 to over 65, men and women, boys and girls, all are welcome at Noosa's annual celebration of surfing.
Noosa launches the 2019 WSL Longboard Tour as some of the world's best longboarders surf First Point in the WSL Noosa Longboard open from 7-10 March, part of the festival.
One of the most popular events for spectators is the Vet Shop Australia Surfing Dog Championships at First Point on Sunday 3 March from 2pm. Get there early to grab a spot.
Highlights out of the water include (see details of all festival events here).
Vonu Beach Bar: There are great beach vibes along with gorgeous sunsets across Laguna Bay at the Vonu Beach Bar, on the sands at First Point, Noosa Heads, open every afternoon and evening. Live music every night including former Beautiful Girls front man Mat McHugh on Sunday 3 March, 5pm - 6.30pm, free.
Official opening party: Saturday 2 March, after the formal opening ceremony and traditional paddle-out, Thomas Surfboards, 4 Project Ave, Noosaville.
The Board Meeting Surf Charity Dinner: Gala Tropicana Surf Charity Dinner to raise funds for the Board Meeting Surf Charity and have fun, featuring the Funny Tricks show by comedian and magician Brad Manuel and his Not Sponsored brand, Sunday 3 March, 7-10pm, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, $130 per person, auctions, raffles and more. Phone 1300 334 566 for tickets.
Sand sculpture workshops: Keep the kids entertained on the weekends with the Sandman, Dennis Massoud.
She to Sea Art Exhibition: All-female exhibition of surf-inspired art, photography and textiles with works by Let Me Sea, Fenna de King, Marnie Morat, Beck Payne, Amanda Davidson and more, Tuesday 5 March, Halse Lodge, Hastings Street, with live music, bar and food.
Land & Sea Brewery: Several events, including a surf-inspired trivia night on Monday 4 March at Land & Sea Brewery, 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville. They'll also host a birthday party for surfing icon, festival head commentator and Noosa legend Tom Wegener on Tuesday 5 March, 8pm, with surf films and locally-brewed beers. All welcome, free.
Surf Art Expo at Heads of Noosa Brewery: Owen Cavanagh curates a week-long exhibition of surf art, demos, workshops and competitions at the new Heads of Noosa Brewery, 85 Rene St, Noosaville. Try your hand at surf art! The opening party is in the Taproom on Friday 1 March, 6pm with The Sandflys, then the show is open every day from 11am to 7pm. There's a Kombi Run and show and shine on Sunday 3 March from 11am to 3pm; and market days on Saturday 2 and 9 March from 11am to 5pm.
GANGgajang: Bring their own classic blend of surfing beats to the Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads, Friday 8 March for a night of surfy-stomp night. Hosted by Gary “Kong” Elkerton - tickets $25 online.
Surfing Reserve Heritage Walks: Guided walks through the Noosa World Surfing Reserve.
Noosa Beach Yoga: Free classes each weekday morning from 7am on the sand at Main Beach to get your day off to a healthy start.
Workshops: The Science of Surf with University of the Sunshine Coast’s Dr Javier Leon, highlighting the need for environmental awareness by surfers and the protection of the Noosa World Surf Reserve, and teen surf drone workshops.
Two closing parties: Café le Monde has live music on Saturday 9 March with local bands Dosed, The Flat Whites and Los Laws, 8pm, free. On Sunday 10 March, Miss Moneypenny'shas the official closing party where the World Surf League World Title leaders will be crowned, 7.30pm, free - book a table on 5474 9999.
Free shuttle bus:
A free shuttle bus with Boomerang Bus Service will run from 6am to 8pm (approximately) each day, arriving roughly every 30 minutes at the following destinations:
1. Hastings Street Bus Stop
2. Dan Murphy's, Mary Street, Noosaville
3. Thomas Surfboards, 4 Project Ave, Noosaville
4. Land & Sea Brewery, 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville
5. Heads of Noosa Brewery, 85 Rene St, Noosaville
6. The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction
7. Return to Hastings Street Bus Stop