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5 Events You Need To Hit At The Noosa Festival Of Surfing

By Bronte Holding
26th Feb 2019

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Whether you’re after your dose of surf culture, chasing some waves and party vibes or, you’re just curious to check out the action, there’s a whole heap happening at this year’s Noosa Festival of Surfing.

From surf competitions and sand sculpture workshops to art shows, trivia nights and pop-up beach bars, we’ve done the hard work and scoured the 2019 program to bring you five of the best festival events you’d be crazy to miss. 

So buckle up and get ready for a week of sand, sun, salt water and good times. 

Noosa Festival Of Surfing Opening Party 

Kicking the festival off in true coastal style, Thomas Surfboards will be hosting the opening party of all opening parties. Starting at 6pm, there will be live music, cold beer and plenty of dancing. The complimentary surf festival shuttle bus will be running on a round circuit between Hastings Street, Noosaville and the Project Avenue location, between 5pm and 10pm, so there’s no need to pick a designated driver or count the brews you’ve downed.  
When: Saturday, 2 March from 6pm
Where: Thomas Surfboards, 4 Project Avenue, Noosaville

Band Of Frequencies At Vonu Beach Bar 

Held at Vonu Beach Bar this will be your ultimate chance to see one of Australia’s best jam bands up close and personal. Band of Frequencies are the personification of all things surf culture, combining coastal rock tunes with environmental activism and a love of the ocean, family and of course, surfing. Bust out to their beachy riffs while enjoying a cold one on the beach and kick off the festival in style. Tunes will get going from 6pm, and the best part is, the event is completely free. 
When: Saturday, 2 March from 6pm 
Where: Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads

Land & Sea Brewery Surf-Themed Trivia 

Much-loved Noosa brewery Land & Sea will be hosting a surf-themed trivia night during the Noosa Festival of Surfing. This is your chance to impress your friends with all that useless surf knowledge you’ve gained over the years, and also just another opportunity to sink a couple of pints of locally-brewed craft beer (an opportunity we would never knock back). There’ll be prizes up for grabs and teams are submitted on the night, so you’d better start thinking of a surf-related pun for your group name now.  
When: Monday, 4 March from 6.30pm
Where: Land & Sea Brewery, 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville

The Surf Effect 

The University of the Sunshine Coast is presenting a talk about the impact of surfing on the Noosa Surfing Reserve. Held at The J Theatre, this will be a lively panel discussion about local surf culture and the environment. There will also be drinks and food available on the terrace, as well as live music from local performers. If time is on your side, stick around for a sneak peek of the Save The Waves Coalition Film Festival form 8pm.
When: Thursday, 7 March from 5pm
Where: The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads

Noosa Men’s Open 

If you’re going to catch at least one surfing event, then make it this one. The Halse Lodge Noosa Men’s Open is sure to bring a large crowd of spectators to Laguna Bay, and for good reason. With over 50 competitors and two wildcard tickets into the World Surf League up for grabs, you can be sure that the quality of surfing will be next level. The one to watch in this comp is Waikiki born Kaniela Stewart, who has been performing exceptionally well at the Noosa Festival of Surfing for the last couple of years. Heat and final times are yet to be announced, so keep your eye on the festival website here. 
When: TBC
Where: Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads

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Image credit: Noosa Festival of Surfing

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