Since surfing has such a large amount of fans, a series of competitions are held for them to show their surfing skill.
-- Vodafone Surfest Billabong: an annual, international, professional surfing competition held in Australia.
-- East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC): North America’s Oldest Running Surfing Competition and the second oldest continuously-run surfing contest in the world.
-- Biarritz Surf Festival: annual event on the Atlantic coast of France which includes shortboard, longboard, and tandem events as well land-based festivities.
-- Billabong XXL: it issues the annual award for the best big wave ride of the year.
-- Surfest: an annual, month-long surfing festival held in Newcastle, Australia in March.
-- Kelly Slater Invitational: annual surfing competition in Hawaii with a commitment to the preservation of the ocean's delicate floorscape.