2020 Global Wave Conference to come to Gold Coast

One of the world’s largest surf conferences is coming to the Gold Coast next year.

It’s the sixth biennial Global Wave Conference, and it’s been locked in for the Gold Coast from February 10-15, 2020.

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve won the rights to host the event, bringing the conference to Australia for the first time.


The five day event includes a three-day conference which covers a range of extra events including a surfing expo, workshops, photo and painting exhibition, movie and music festivals.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni has congratulated Andrew McKinnon – the Chairman of the Gold Coast World Reserve – for bringing the event to the coast, which will also mean more jobs for Gold Coasters.

“The Queensland Government strongly supports the surfing community and is proud to have provided $10,000 investment to support the 2020 Global Wave Conference that will also host a range of fun and healthy activities.

“Residents of Coolangatta and those who we expect to travel from far and wide for this event can take part in ‘get fit’ classes, beach walks, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding sessions, yoga, pilates and qigong in the park.

“There will also be a Saturday sports event involving representatives from surf lifesaving and board riding clubs, indigenous and adaptive surfers and emergency services groups.

“Coolangatta is a fitting location for the Global Wave Conference as the Gold Coast is home to the eighth World Surfing Reserve – a majestic stretch of ocean from Snapper Rocks to Burleigh,” said Mr de Brenni.

Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the five-day event would generate more than $1.2 million for the local economy.

“We have everything industry delegates could want – pristine beaches, sparkling oceans and spectacular surf.

“We need to take every opportunity to protect our greatest tourism assets and promote them on the world stage and the Global Wave Conference gives us a chance to do just that,” Ms Jones said.

For more information on the Global Wave Conference, click here.