What to do
After last weekend’s swell that saw some great surfing action on Noosa’s points, there are plenty of fingers and toes (even the ones that are hanging 10!) crossed that the waves hang around for the 25th anniversary Noosa Festival of Surfing that gets under way today, Friday 4 March.
Hundreds of surfers from around Australia and overseas, from under 15s to over 70s are headed to Noosa for The Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing, the world’s largest surfing festival, with dozens of events on and off the water every day right through until 12 March. With competitors from Hawaii, US, Japan, China, Brazil, France, Peru and more, and plenty of current and former world champions taking part, it’s a great event for spectators and competitors.
Dog surfing is one of the spectator highlights.
Noosa’s First Point, between the popular Noosa Main Beach and Noosa National Park, is a beautiful backdrop for the surfing action, while the XXXX Summer Beach Bar, right on the sand is the place to sit back with a cool drink and watch it all every afternoon. It’s also the venue for live music every night, surf films, a photo exhibition and the Vintage Board Swap Meet where you can buy, swap or sell your pre-1990 surfboards or surf memorabilia, presented by Noosa Underground Surf Emporium & Espresso Bar on 10 March from 2-6pm.
Underground Surf (a very cool surf shop and great place for a coffee and yummy treats, upstairs at 9 Hastings Street, towards the Noosa Woods end) also presents legend Bob McTavish hosting the Noosa Early Days photos and film night on Tuesday 8 March, 7pm. As well as Bob doing a reading, there’ll be Stone and Wood beers and live entertainment at the store.
Underground Surf also has the Glencat Exhibition on Wednesday 9 March from 6-9pm where you can meet Glencat Collins, the reclusive, anti-establishment, experimentalist surfboard and fin designer at his first exhibition! Hear his passionate view of the surfboard shaping industry and check out his crazy yet genius board and fin shapes.
Designs from experimentalist surfboard and fin designer Glencat Collins.
Café Le Monde in Hastings Street also hosts live music most nights and Surf Unearthed, showcasing the next generation of surf-inspired musicians.
The feast of fantastic surf events includes longboarding, Shotgun Shootout, Celebrity Ironman, Tandem Exhibition and one of the most popular, the VetShopAustralia Surfing Dog Spectacular where four-legged surfers steal the show from their two-legged owners. The king of dog surfing, dog whispering waterman Chris De Aboitiz will guide a free SUP with Your PUP workshop at Noosa Spit on Sat 5 March from 7.30am, and the Surfing Dog Spectacular is on Sun 6 March at 4.30pm – it’s not to be missed.
Tandem surfing at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
There’s also a surf expo on Main Beach and yoga on the beach every day at 7am. See the Noosa Festival of Surfing program for details.
Always a beautiful sight in Noosa’s Laguna Bay is the festival’s opening ceremony and paddle out (pictured at top) – on Saturday 5 March 2016 from 4.30pm. See you on the sand!