Australia is home to some of the world’s most talented surfers, so when there are competitions down here, they are generally something to see. Most parts of the country host surfing competitions, and if you’ve never seen a really talented surfer, you should go and see what these people can do. The following are some of the best surfing competitions taking place each year in Australia.
Quicksilver and Roxy Pro
From February 25 until March 7, this classic Australian surfing event takes place at the famous break of Snapper Rocks. This prestigious event has all the top surfers here for 12 days of competition, at what is one of the most consistently decent surfing spots in the world.
Wandiyali Indigenous Classic
One of the most colourful and vibrant surfing competitions running, this one is as much a cultural celebration as a surfing event -- though that doesn’t mean there’s not amazing surfing. Always featuring some incredibly talented youth, this is certainly one of the most friendly and laid-back surfing competitions in the country. It takes place in Merewether, NSW.
Rip Curl West Coast Classic
This event is always a good bet for largest wave surfing competition in Australia, as the west coast of Tasmania can get absolutely massive sets. This awesome event always attracts the best surfers, and you couldn’t find a more beautiful spot. If you have wanted to hit up a big surfing meet this year and haven’t been to Tassie, there’s no better excuse than the Rip Curl Classic.
Noosa Festival of Surfing
The Noosa Festival of Surfing started out as a longboard event, but has become an all-round surfing classic that draws thousands of visitors each year to Noosa. Accommodation can fill up quickly, so secure your accommodation in Noosa as early as possible for this six-day extravaganza, which features days of surfing and nights of partying.
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic
Held at one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches in Dee Why, this women’s surfing event is one of the best of the year and always has the top women in the world competing. With $110,000 in prize money, you know the best will be there, and women’s surfing is easily as impressive and spectacular as the men’s variety. You’ll almost always be treated to some young people doing some incredibly impressive things, and you’re sure to leave inspired to be a bit more creative on your own board.
King of the Bra
This small surfing competition takes place at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach, with the aim being to find “the best of the best Maroubra open-age surfer”. The winner claims the $1,000 prize as well as bragging rights around the beach, though a big part of this competition is about spreading community spirit. Apart from talented surfing, you will also find music, dancing and touch football going on, making this one of the more entertaining surfing competitions around. The event slogan sums up the vibe of the event: “Keep it Local! Keep it Real! Do us Proud… Yeah the Bra!!!!!” It’s well worth watching the crowning of the King of the Bra.