2024 Ride the Wave Surf, Skate and Music Event Updates

Xavier Rudd, The Dreggs, Emily Wurramara, Mama Kin Spender and Round Mountain Girls all set to hit the beachside stage this April

New Schools Competition added to the surf line up

New creative writing and choir workshops being staged

As the New Year moves into full swing the Make A Difference (MAD) charity has begun the countdown to their big Ride the Wave fundraising festival that will be staged at the beautiful Town Beach in Port Macquarie from April 2-6, 2024.

 The festival comprises Ride the Wave Surf and Skate Competitions as well as the Ride the Sound Wave live music concerts. 

All of the events raise much needed funds for MAD, who support a growing number of families and individuals in need on the Mid North Coast, having served meals to over 5000 adults and 1000 children in 2023.

Erin Denham, a co-founder of the MAD Charity and one of the driving forces behind the Ride the Wave events was announced as Port Macquarie Hastings Council 2024 Citizen of the Year in the recent Australia Day awards.  Erin is dedicated to restoring the dignity of disadvantaged and marginalised people in the Hastings community.  Of her win she said, “I was very humbled to even be nominated.  This means so much to Rob, myself and the 200 MAD volunteers who go out every week to help feed and support people in our region.  We hope to continue doing what we do and helping those who need us most.”

Adding further excitement to an already killer line up of events, MAD are sharing further updates for the 2024 Ride the Wave and Ride the Sound Wave events below:

 RIDE THE WAVE SURF – April 2-6, 2024

The hugely popular Ride the Wave Surf event continues to grow, with a new school’s surf competition added to the line-up for the first time this year.  This new schools surf competition will extend the duration of the event, adding extra days of surfing.  The new school’s competition will be a tag team event and see school teams of 5 surfers compete, with 3 surfers from each team in the water at any one time.

Entries to the Ride the Wave Schools Competition open in February after the return to school.

In another first for the event, the Pro Junior Surf event will also give groms points that count toward qualifying for the WSL Junior State Finals.

 RIDE THE SOUND WAVE MUSIC – Saturday April 6, 2024

Interviews are available with performers from the 2024 The Ride the Sound Wave Music Festival line-up.

Artists include event headliner, ARIA award winning multi-instrumentalist and passionate environmentalist Xavier Rudd (Noosa based), acoustic duo The Dreggs (Sunshine Coast based), rising star Emily Wurramara (Brisbane based) who will bring her own brand of cultural storytelling and mesmerizing voice to the event and the dynamic duo of Mama Kin Spender (WA and Mornington Peninsular Vic based) who along with Round Mountain Girls (Tweed Based) are set to deliver high energy performances.

 A new Wildman Choir Workshop will be added to the line-up and staged on Friday April 5th

 The workshop will be hosted by Dingo Spender (from Mama Kin Spender) with registration only available to Ride the Sound Wave Ticket holders.

Creative Writing Workshop will also be staged hosted by Danielle Caruana (aka Mama Kin from Mama Kin Spender) on Saturday 6th April.  Registration for this workshop is also only available to Ride the Sound Wave Ticket holders.

Places are limited for both workshops see www.ridethewavefestival.com.au for more information.

 For the first time the Ride The Sound Wave event will include a new children’s concert Ride The Sound Wave Kids – Pre-show entertainment for the mini-festival goers in 2024.  The new Ride the Sound Wave Kids show will feature a separate line up of ARIA Award-winning children’s music group the Teeny Tiny Stevies and a range of fun kids’ activities including face painting, Pony rides and a jumping castle.

Gates will open to Ride The Sound Wave Kids from 10.15am on Saturday April 6th with the Teeny Tiny Stevies on stage from 10:30am until 11:30am. Tickets to this new addition for young festival goers are only $35 adults and $25 kids from Ticketebo.

Gates will open for the main Ride The Sound Wave event at 2.00pm on April 6th, with tickets to this event $100 adult, $55 youth 15-17, $40 for 6 – 14 with 5 and under free.

It was estimated that the 2023 Ride the Wave event and Ride the Sound Wave Music Festival delivered more than $2 million in tourism revenue for Port Macquarie.  With the extended surf competition timing, and increased concert ticket sales, it’s hoped this figure will be even higher in 2024.

Event information and ticket purchasing details follow:

What:                               Ride The Wave Festival – including the Ride the Sound Wave music festival and surf and skate competitions

Where:                               Port Macquarie Town Beach Park, Alban Place

When:                              Tuesday April 2 – Saturday April 6, 2024

More info & tickets:        www.ridethesoundwave.com.au – tickets are on-sale now.