2017 International Surfing Symposium in Association with Global Wave Conference

On behalf of the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, I invite you to the 1st International Surfing Symposium, being held on the Gold Coast from 13th - 17th March 2017.

This inaugural conference aims to raise the profile of World Surfing Reserves and their various environmental missions, and to create awareness and seek solutions for a safe, cleaner surfing environment. 

By bringing together world surfing legends, surfing conservationists, environmental and social scientists, surfing industry and the sustainability and eco-surfing conscientious, we will explore future solutions for surf sustainability, recycling of surfing products, removal of plastics and investigate ways of having cleaner, healthy oceans. The conference will address all sorts of issues including overcrowding, and seek positive solutions for all those who enjoy our wonderful oceanic lifestyle.

A Surf and Science theme from leading academics discussing the latest research for coastal engineering, technology, management of beaches is a whole new dynamic and a first as such.

The Conference is aiming to be an annual event and follows a Festival Circuit with Byron Bay and Nossa Surf Festivals and is on the eve of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, World Tour opener at Snapper Rocks.

The Gold Coast International Surfing Symposium leads the way to the biannual Global Wave Conference in October, 2017 at Santa Cruz, California. 

Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve is keen to host the Global Wave Conference in 2019.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in March 2017.


Andrew McKinnon
Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc.



Gold Coast was voted in as the 8th and latest World Surfing Reserve in 2015 by the World Governing Body of World Surfing Reserve's Save the Waves Coalition and its International Vision Council of 18 members.

A World Surfing Reserve acknowledges and celebrates the quality of surf breaks, its surf culture and history and ultimately its preservation for all to enjoy. On every level, Gold Coast meets the criteria of what constitutes a World Surfing Reserve.

Gold Coast is world famous for its pristine point breaks such as Burleigh, Currumbin, Kirra and the Snapper Rocks Coolangatta super bank. Gold Coast’s World Surfing Reserve stretches from Burleigh Beach in the north to Snapper Rocks in the south - approx 16 kms of southern end coastline, including the best point breaks and central breaks.

Tantamount to the quality of surf, Gold Coast boasts 25 World Surfing Champions, either from or based on the Gold Coast, which is unprecedented anywhere else in the world.

Uniquely amongst WSRs, has the backing of the Queensland State Government and the City of Gold Coast Council with a Surf Magement Plan (the first in the World) and a Council appointed committee to oversee the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve area from Burleigh Beach to Snapper Rocks. 

As the 8th WSR, Gold Coast joins Ericeria in Portugal, Malibu in California, Santa Cruz in Califonia, Todos Santos in Mexico, Huanchaco in Peru, Punta da Lobos in Chile and Manly-Freshwater in Sydney, Australia. The 9th and latest World Surfing Reserve is in Brazil at Guarda do Embau.