Glen Elmes says Noosa Festival of Surfing makes waves on the Sunshine Coast 

Hundreds of national and international surfers are converging on the Sunshine Coast as the Noosa Festival of Surfing rolls into action this week.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the long-running event celebrated everything great about Australian surfing culture.

“The Noosa Festival of Surfing attracts some of the world’s most talented surfers and encourages participation by professionals and amateurs alike,” Mr Elmes said.

“As one of the largest surfing events in the world measured by numbers of competitors, the Noosa Festival welcomes participants and spectators alike from across Australia and important international tourism markets such as Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA.

“This family-friendly Festival is famous for long-boarding and includes other surf disciplines such as Stand Up Paddle, Tandem and Finless.

“This Festival event is a stand-out way to showcase our region, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Noosa National Park, renowned for its world-class surf breaks and as a mecca for surfers.

“As Noosa’s only international surfing event, the Festival has been staged since 1992 and has been grown into a global surfing celebration for Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.”

Mr Elmes said the Newman Government was proud to support the Noosa Festival of Surfing through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program.

“The Newman LNP Government recognizes the critical importance of events such as the Noosa Festival in attracting visitors to Noosa, the region and the State, helping us achieve our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“Events such as the Noosa Festival of Surfing also create a great sense of community pride and add extra vibrancy and colour to communities,” he said.