Noosa Festival of Surfing

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

Visit the Noosa Festival of Surfing Website for a full history