Surf's up and so are the world's best board riders at the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
The pumping beach breaks on the southern Gold Coast make a fitting backdrop to the Quiksilver Pro 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
Quiksilver & 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 in the Drop Festival ‘18
A new touring music festival, Drop Festival, will debut during the first weekend of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. Aussie bands the Dune Rats, San Cisco, Holy Holy and Ruby Fields will turn up the volume. If you like things a little more mellow? Set your beach vibes to chill and press play on the sound waves of the #ROXYpro Gold Coast Spotify list. The 60 track mix curated by Roxy fans is filled with some of your favourite beach tunes.
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.
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 staying in Surfer’s Paradise or Broadbeach, Coolangatta is just under a 40-minute drive south. 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 to Coolangatta.
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.
Here's a look at some of the moments that made last year so memorable.