24 May Noosa Festival of Surfing
Over eight days of pure stoke, cruisy waves and laid-back vibes is almost upon us, with the 30th Noosa Festival of Surfing due to kick off from the 15th to 23rd of May. This year feels even more like a celebration of everything we love about this World Surfing Reserve, especially after a year of cancelled events and festivals due to COVID. With more events to participate in and spectate at, there’s never been a better time to put on the zinc and head down Noosa Crest’s private boardwalk to Main Beach.
One of the best things about the Festival of Surfing is the exclusivity and appeal it has to just about anyone who can get on a board or has eyes in their heads (Paralympian Matt Formston is proving you don’t even need your eyesight to get out on the waves!) There are the competitive events which span the ages from Under 15s to Over 70s. There are Team and Family Challenges, SUP events and competitions for just about every kind of stick you can poke a bit of surf wax at. Both sexes are equally represented and even our four-legged friends get a ride in the Dog Surfing event. The latter is, honestly, one of the best spectator sports you can watch in the water: those pups are amazing!
This year, things are getting even more ‘rad’, with the inaugural Chiggy’s Skate Fest taking place in the Noosa Woods on a huge portable skate ramp. The athleticism and aerobic capabilities of skateboarders will be on show and promises to be yet another spectacular spectator sport for visitors and locals. And don’t worry about this being at the other end of Hastings St from the Festival Hub, there will be a dedicated Noosa Woods Bar so you can sit back with a cold one and watch the triple kick flips fly. (No, the Noosa Crest team doesn’t know what that is either which is why attending Chiggy’s Skate Fest will be fantastic!)
Stimulating more than just the adrenal receptors in your brain, there’s yoga on Main Beach, the Noosa Surf Museum on Gympie Terrace as well as films and photography also featuring on the Festival of Surf line-up. And perhaps best of all, those fabulous giant tipis are ready to go up on the sand overlooking the points, with a huge opening party planned here at the Solbar Beach Bar on the 14th of May. For the rest of the Festival, the Beach Bar will present an excellent opportunity to watch the action on the waves and the sun on the water whilst you enjoy a beverage with the sand between your toes.
If you haven’t booked your accommodation at Noosa Crest over the Festival of Surf period, now is the time to do it. The atmosphere down in Hastings St is always electric, and even if you don’t get in the water, there’s plenty of spectator stoke to go around. Yew!