The first event in the world professional surfing tour kicked of on March 2 attracting thousands of spectators and visitors to Coolangatta from around the word.
The first World Tour event of the season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast attracts the cream of the world surfing community to Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, on the Gold Coast.
West Australian Taj Burrow took out the 2012 Quiksilver Pro, narrowly beating Brazil’s Adriano De Souza 15.86 to 15.60. Burrow also won the event in 2010 and this year’s result was a reverse of the 2011 Quiksilver Pro when he narrowly lost to Kelly Slater. Ten-time world champion Slater became the first man to win three Quiksilver Pro titles when he beat Burrow in the 2011 final.
The event is based at Coolangatta and aims to stage the competition at the iconic Snapper Rocks surf break, famous for its Superbank, but it’s a mobile feast. If the waves aren’t working there, organisers have an enviable array of options with Duranbah, Kirra and Burleigh Heads all world class spots close by, both for the competitor and the spectator.
It is a great spectator event because at all venues there are good vantage points from the beach and headlands.
There is loads of accommodation along the Gold Coast strip but as it’s best to book ahead in peak tourist season.
The Gold Coast nightlife makes the Quiky Pro a favourite with visiting surfers with plenty of post-surf party places to be found, from Jupiters Hotel and Casino to the famous nightclub strip off Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise.
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