World’s best surfers converge on the Gold Coast

28 Feb 2013 2:25 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday, February 28, 2013

For the next two weeks the Gold Coast will host the world’s best surfing talent as the top male and female surfers compete in the 2013 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro.

Launching the event at Rainbow Bay today, Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the event was one of Queensland’s most anticipated surfing competitions.

“This is the first stop on the 2013 World Championship Tour and is expected to draw big crowds over the next two weeks,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The World Championship Tour events are the pinnacle of world surfing and this is a signature sporting event on the Queensland calendar.

“There is no doubt that the Gold Coast is Australia’s favourite surfing playground, offering an abundance of surf breaks, as well as being the training ground for current World Champions, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.

“Last year’s Quiksilver and Roxy Pro attracted more than 41,000 people over nine days of competition – boosting the local economy by $6.5 million.

“The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro is part of a growing calendar of major Queensland events which celebrate surfing and our coast lifestyle, including the Breaka Burleigh Pro, the Noosa Festival of Surfing and Bleach Festival.

“The Newman Government understands the importance of events like this in delivering for the tourism industry, local businesses and the community.”

The 2013 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro will take place from 2-13 March 2013 at Snapper Rocks.

[ENDS] 28 February 2013