Press Release

31 January 2017

Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc., will host the International Surfing Symposium in Currumbin to promote the sport and its direct relevance to critical issues such as ocean conservation and maintaining beach and surf amenity.

Chairman Andrew McKinnon said the “Surfing Summit” would build on the success of the city’s recent endorsement as the 8th World Surfing Reserve in March, 2016.

“The International Surfing Symposium will capitalise on the momentum building around surfing and the environment that the ocean public inhabit - we feel a responsibility to protect our oceans for future generations,” said Andrew.

Organisers have invited a highly qualified range of keynote speakers - from academics, coastal engineers, international surfing conservationists, surfing champions, and industry representatives - to address the challenges and future issues faced by the surfing lifestyle, its environment and industry.

“Topics to be canvassed include the environmental impacts of beach erosion, the use of recycled products for surfing equipment, shark shield technology, surf fitness, and explore future surf sustainability themes designed to make a positive difference. Other topical issues will include women’s surfing, impact of social media influence and a shark panel debate” he said.

PRESS RELEASE - Tuesday 31 January 2017
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News from Surf World - November 2016

12 months after the Gold Coast was endorsed as the 8th World Surfing Reserve, the host organisation, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Chairman Andy McKinnon has announced an inaugural event to continue to promote ocean conservation.

The International Surfing Symposium will host a two-day conference on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 9am - 4pm at Currumbin RSL. The Symposium has support from State & Local Governments, universities and the private sector.

“We are very fortunate that we have both Queensland Government support through Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast’s Local Stewardship Committee support for the World Surfing Reserve, who have agreed to work together on this brand new event.”

The Gold Coast’s first two World Professional Champions, Peter Townend (1976) and his fellow Cooly Kid mate Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew (1978) are amongst a stellar list of keynote speakers. The original Cooly Kids will reflect on their amazing surfing careers and where it all started.

Other notable speakers include Patagonia Ambassador Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich, an eco surfing global professional surfer who will join with long time Gold Coast legendary surf craftsman Dick Van Straalen. Peru’s first World Champion, Felipe Pomar (1965) has also joined the list of speakers. At 73 years of age, Pomar is still charging 20ft waves and will talk about how you can add another 20 years to your surfing life.

Surf World Gold Coast will be hosting film night on the 15th March during the symposium.

Media Launch

28 October 2016

12 months after the Gold Coast was endorsed as the 8th World Surfing Reserve, the host organisation, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc., has announced an inaugural event to continue to promote ocean conservation.

Following the Byron Surf Festival, the International Surfing Symposium will be held from 13-17 March at the Currumbin RSL. The inaugural event is conveniently located at the gateway to the famous surfing beaches of the southern Gold Coast, home to the WSL World Tour Surfing opening, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro.

“This is the most exciting time of the year at the Southern End of the Gold Coast when the waves are pumping and the world’s best professional surfers are in town,“ said Andrew McKinnon, Chairman of Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc.

Better known as AndyMac, the voice of the surf on SEAFM & GOLDFM radio, a position he has held since the inception of SEAFM in 1989, AndyMac is still as passionate as ever about protecting and preserving our fabulous Gold Coast beaches and famous Southern Points from Burleigh to Snapper Rocks.

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MEDIA LAUNCH - Friday 28th October 2016
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Photo 1 - (L-R) Rabbit Bartholomew, Patron, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, Cr Daphne McDonald, Councillor Division 14, City of Gold Coast and Gary Radcliff, Secretary, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve

Photo 2 - The Hon. Steven Miles MP, Qld State Government Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection and Minster for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and Andrew McKinnon, Chairman, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve