By Rose Astley
The Noosa Festival of Surfing kicks off this Friday, promising surfing action and live music that can’t be missed.Starting with the Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out 5pm Friday 21, The evening will feature Welcome to Country, speeches from the Noosa Malibu Club and conclude with a Paddle Out at sunset to commemorate the beginning of the 29th annual Festival, there will be live entertainment at the Eco Brewing Co. Beach Bar by WSL Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer.
Saturday 22 will see the World Surf League (WSL) Noosa Longboard Open begin plus stacks of live entertainment from the likes of The Sandflys, 11 and 13 year old musicians Frank and Louis, Music of Manoa, Nick Cunningham and Jawgoh and Alex Millington.Sunday 23 will continue with the WSL Noosa Longboard Open and more to see and do at the Eco Brewing Co. Beach Bar including a Q&A by author Rob Black who wrote Noosa… What’s Your Point? which explores the hold Noosa, and surfing, has on the thousands of surfers world-wide.
Monday 24 the WSL Longboard Open will continue with the chance to meet some of the WSL professionals, keep an eye out for updates on Noosa Festival of Surfing’s social media to see who will be announced.Tuesday 25 is the last day of the Longboard open, plus the She to Sea event, which is a celebration of women & surfing. Some of the top female creatives in the industry will be sharing their work and love for the surfing world, held at the Halse Lodge Noosa.Wednesday 26 is the age divisions excluding juniors, Men’s and Women’s Open, & Old Mal competitions, entertainment includes Spoons, a film compiled of never-before-seen footage from surfing’s Golden Age, with outtakes and extras from some of surfing’s most well known filmmakers to tell a history that has never been told before, hosted by The J.Thursday 27, Age divisions (No Juniors), Men’s and Women’s Loggers & Men’s and Women’s Open plus Andrea Kirwin live at the Eco Brewing Co. Beach Bar.Friday 28, Age divisions, Men’s Opens & Teams, plus Bec Findlay at the Beach Bar, Noosa Festival of Surfing and World Surfaris are also hosting a Gala dinner at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club to raise funds for local kids with disabilities.
Saturday 29, Age divisions, Loggers, Opens, Old Mal & Teams, entertainment includes Call me Will and Isabel Woods at the Eco Brewing Co. Beach Bar.Sunday 1, is the Finals for all participants and teams, plus the world’s biggest dog surfing competition. The Surfing Dog Championships showcase the best in surfing dog talent around Australia while also promoting the importance of waterproof parasite prevention and pet health. Other entertainment includes Shannon Sol Carroll and Andrea Kirwin at the Beach Bar.For all other information including how to register for events, visit noosafestivalofsurfing.com.