Noosa Malibu Classic grew from a weekend contest in 1992 to the current 9-day event with film, art, music & parties running parallel to the surfing. The Festival attracts legends, pros and amateurs from across the nation & around the globe. Surfing First Point’s world-class longboard wave with only 5 others in the water is good enough reason for most.
The wider community enjoys the spectacle and the town benefits from thousands of visitors. Sharing of our surfing culture, pageantry & heritage has become as important as the competition. Many people are responsible for getting it to its 25th successful year.
A Brief History
- 1992 – Pradella runs 1st 2-day Noosa Malibu Classic at First Point
- 1996 – John Lee introduces Pro Men; Hawaii’s Bonga Perkins wins; 4-days
- 1997 – Tandem exhibition draws crowds
- 1998 – Lee, Jarratt & Brasen build Festival onto club Pro-Am; Breaka naming sponsor
- 1999 – Pro Women, Over 55 added; Greg Noll Legends Reunion hosted
- 2000 – Lee hands over to Fuz & Di C; Noserider & junior Girls included
- 2002 – Teams Event & Paddle Race introduced; 5-day event
- 2003 – Retro Groove & Future Legends
- 2005 – Gilroys take it on; Surf dancing makes a debut: Tandem display returns
- 2007 – Innis & team build a crescendo; Stand up Paddle Surfing introduced; Club wins ALB Peer Pole Award
- 2008 – USM run 7-day event; GSI main sponsor; Festival Village evolves
- 2009 – Phil Jarratt back at helm; 8-days with full social calendar
- 2011 – 20th year of Festival; Barefoot Ball; 9-days with corporate involvement; Family & Teams challenges