From humble beginnings in 1992, the Noosa Malibu Club’s annual ‘Noosa Malibu Classic’ longboarding event had become a fixture on the international longboard contest calendar. By 1996, and in 1998, in partnership with Phil Jarratt Communications Pty Ltd, the Noosa Festival of Surfing made its debut.
The festival, loosely based on the popular Biarritz Surf Festival in France, was a huge hit, with big contingents of surfers and their families coming from all the great surf centers of the world, including Hawaii, California, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe.
Since 2010, the Noosa festival has attracted record levels of competitors each year, as well as thousands of spectators from near and far who come to see the legends of the sport, as well as the now world-famous surfing dogs.
Under the guidance of World Surfaris, the Noosa Festival of Surfing has now evolved into a family-friendly, sustainable event that appeals to all kinds of surfers of all ages. A reunion for the veterans and a starting point for the juniors, it is the longest-running and best-loved surf event in the world.
The ever-popular beach bar, live music, art shows, shaping exhibitions, World Surf Reserve activations, and of course world-class surfing are several reasons why this event is a highlight for many around the world every year!