Pa & Ma Bendall Surf Contest

  • Event Holder
    Ma & Pa Bendall Surf Contest
  • Date
    17 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
  • Time
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Location
    Caloundra West, QLD

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2020-04-17 09:00:00 2020-04-19 17:00:00 Australia/Sydney Pa & Ma Bendall Surf Contest Hosted by Wind and Sea boardriders, the Pa and Ma Bendall memorial surfing competition is held every year in the memory of local surfing legends Ma and Pa Bendall. Held on the beautiful Moffat Beach, the competition draws crowds from across Australia. Caloundra West, QLD Ma & Pa Bendall Surf Contest


  • Cause-related
  • Community
  • Sport
Target Demographics
  • 0 - 15 Years
  • 16 - 39 Years
  • 25 - 54 Years
  • 16 - 54 Years
  • 55+ Years
  • Families
  • Both Male/Female
Target Regions
  • Within 1 hour of the Event
  • Within 3 hours drive
  • Queensland

Sponsorship Benefits

Major sponsor's will be on the back of the shirts and this year they are in white with all of the logos in black.

We do have non stop commentary all day over the 3 days where sponsors are mentioned many times throughout the day.

Plenty of signage opportunities as well for sponsors.

Sponsored Event Experience

Funds raised by the contest go back to our local community. Last year's recipients include The Currimundi Special School, The Disabled Surfer's Association, Rosie's Friends on the Street and The James Akerman Family Trust.

Event Details

In 1974 the inaugural 'Pa' Bendall Memorial Contest was organised as a mark of respect for the Charles Ben (Pa) Bendall.

'Pa' is the grandad of surfing in Queensland. He and his wife Marjory (Ma) settled in Caloundra in the 1950's.There were only a handful of other surfers living locally at the time, and Ma & Pa became the mother & father of surfing on the Sunshine Coast.

Pa formed the invitational "Moffateers' in 1966 as a club to promote integrity and sportsmanship in the sport of surfing. He encouraged the surfing youth of the sunshine coast to maintain their good character by offering them free membership to the club.

Using the club contests as training and conditioning for more challenging contests; Pa encouraged the young Moffateers to compete in regional, state and national championships.

In 1973 Pa passed away and his funeral service was conducted overlooking his beloved Moffat waves and his ashes were scattered from a plane over the water.

In August 1973 a memorial plaque was unveiled; in what is know as the Pa Bendall Park, on Moffat Headland over looking the surf.

The contest is a memorial to Pa's enthusiasm for surfing and his efforts in promoting the sport and encouraging the young surfers of Caloundra and surfers worldwide.

The first Pa Bendall Memorial contest was held at Moffat Beach on the 2ndand 3rd Of February 1974 in 3- 4 foot surf. First prize was $1500, the largest prise offered for any Australian surfing contest at the time. The competition attracted every professional surfer in the country including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez as well as hot local talent.

Since its inception the contest has been held for 37 consecutive years (9 as the Ma & Pa Bendall) and has been a spring board for many young surfers moving into the professional ranks with past winners including Australian and World champions and legends. It has also made a significant contribution to the community fabric of Caloundra and helped raise the profile of the region through international publicity created by the contest.

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