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After what many regard as the most successful year yet, the Noosa Festival of Surfing is gearing up for an even better 2018.

The festival has slowly been creeping forward in March with each passing year, but 2018 will see a return to its original timeframe, in the second week of March, from Saturday, 10th to Saturday 17th.

With more surfers than ever before – over 900 from 18 nations and regions in 2017 – the schedule was once more crammed with some of the finest surfing action on the planet. The Noosa Festival continues to retain its title as the largest surfing event in the world by competitor numbers, and festival director Sam Smith is looking forward to living up to that achievement.

“We have received nothing but positive feedback from this year’s festival,” says Smith. “Surfers, sponsors, visitors and local tourism and accommodation businesses have all been thrilled at the outcomes, which have seen bigger statistics across the board, from actual competitor and spectator numbers to a huge audience online, for both our social media and our live Swellnet webcast.”

2018 certainly won’t be a carbon copy of this year’s event, despite its great success. Never content to replicate, Smith and her festival team are already working hard on ways to expand and improve.

The Noosa Festival of Surfing returns to First Point, Noosa Heads, 10 – 17 March, 2018. Be sure to connect with the festival on Facebook and Instagram for announcements as they happen for next year’s ‘8 Days of Pure Stoke’.