Surf's up and so are the world's best board riders at the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
The pumping beach breaks on the southern Gold Coast make a fitting backdrop to the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, marking the opening of the men’s and women’s world championship tours. Boasting a massive prize purse, the event sets up shop at Snapper Rocks, renowned for its iconic ‘super-bank’, promising world-class waves and flawless right-hand barrels. Expect big names such as Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Matt Wilkinson, Stephanie Gilmore and Gabriel Medina to carve it up this year.
- Where: Coolangatta, Gold Coast
- When: 11 - 22 March 2018
- Price: Free
Quicksilver & Roxy Pro highlights
Things to do
Be a spectator down at Snapper Rocks
Watch local and international surfing stars ride the waves at the world’s best sandbar. Snapper Rocks will be decked out in stadium-style seating with locals and visiting spectators sprawled across the sandy beaches, all in awe of surfing champions battling it out in the surf. The first day will be the trials, then the event kicks off with a round of heats before the competition finals.
Rub shoulders with surfing pros
Spending time down at Snapper Rocks and around the town of Coolangatta, you are sure to find yourself an opportunity to meet and greet the surfing pros. Grab an autograph from your favourite surfers and give them a high-five as they run onto the shore after an epic surfing display.
Join the #RoxyFitness challenge
Females, this fun challenge is for you! Grab your girlfriends because you cannot miss #RoxyFitness, the global fitness tour bringing women together to participate in a run, SUP and yoga event. Hundreds of women descend on to the beach at Rainbow Bay to work out together in an exciting three-part run, SUP and yoga event. The fitness movement has created a global community across 18 countries, and will be returning to Coolangatta during the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro competition.
Check out the party scene
Get amongst the festival vibes and party atmosphere down on the beach and at the nearby pubs like the Komune Beach Club, Coolangatta Hotel and Coolangatta Sands, or head further north to the pumping nightlife of Surfer’s Paradise. There will be industry events, parties and entertainment suitable for adults and families and you can keep up to date with this year’s events here.
Eat and drink
Restaurants and bars across Coolangatta join in on the festivities of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro competition, with live music, food and beach activities. You can stay in the buzz of the competition dining or taking out from the Rainbow Bay Surf Club, located right on Snapper Rocks. The restaurant serves seasonal menus, pizzas, burgers and a range of dishes from the grill.
Take a walk up to Greenmount Hill and enjoy the coastal views over Duranbah Beach while feasting on delicious shared plates at Café dbar. The restaurant serving breakfast and lunch is a local’s favourite, most likely due to its casual atmosphere, delicious food and panoramic views. It also has an art gallery and gift store with local artists circulating every six weeks.
A short walk from Rainbow Bay is Little Mali deli on Boundary Street, perfect for grabbing a coffee, bite to eat or some on-the-beach-picnic supplies like olives, antipasto, dips and cheeses. They serve a range of vegan and non-vegan delights like toasties, banana bread, salads and muesli perfect for munching on while watching the surfers.
Further up the foreshore, you'll find The Strand, situated conveniently right on the waterfront. In addition to range of retail stores, The Strand has a variety of casual and award-winning restaurants, bars and ice-creameries (yes, they house the famous Messina!). Make a stop by the Boardriders store, that not only stocks the top surf and skate brands, but operates a café and licensed bar, Café 28, and even a hairdresser, Uppercut Deluxe Barber Shop. Plus, you can catch a morning yoga session at Boardriders every Friday at 6:30 am. If you are wanting a fine dining experience, visit Halcyon House’s Paper Daisy, a modern Australian restaurant channelling Hampton-esque beachfront vibes, located just a 20 minute drive south in Cabarita Beach.
The finals day is the biggest and liveliest day of the competition, where the Quik and Roxy pros are crowned in an epic ceremony, followed by a range of festivities. Last year Australian surfing legends Stephanie Gilmore won the Roxy Pro, while Owen Write took the Quik Pro title. Be sure to head along on the finals day to watch the action unfold and the new surfing champion announced.
How to get there
Gold Coast Airport is located on the edge of Coolangatta, an easy seven-minute drive to the town centre. If you are flying in to Brisbane Airport, you can pick up a hire car from the airport or easily catch the Brisbane Airtrain to Varsity Lakes and change over to a taxi or bus into Coolangatta. It’s approximately a two hour drive from Brisbane and Brisbane Airport to Coolangatta. If you are staying in Surfer’s Paradise or Broadbeach, Coolangatta is just under a 40-minute drive south.
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