Burleigh Pro set for an overhaul – and a new name

One of the Gold Coast’s most iconic surfing events, The Burleigh Pro is set to become even bigger with a name change and more World Surf League qualifying points up for grabs.

The event will now become the Gold Coast Open to be held over six days from May 7 to 12.

Qualifying points will be increased from 1,000 to 1,500.


Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates says there are exciting times ahead for the event.

“Re-naming the Burleigh Pro allows for countless new possibilities.”

“The potential for the event to grow into something much larger and well-known is sure to become evident with the re-brand.

“With the increase in WSL Qualifying Series rating points from 1,000 to a 1,500, as well as the inclusion of the WSL Pro Junior event, skateboarding event and live music, there’s potential for the Gold Coast Open to become internationally renowned.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones says the Gold Coast is already renowned for hosting world-class sporting events.

“Burleigh is a wonderful home for this event, and the name change will bring the global appeal of one of Australia’s most recognisable tourism destinations with it,” Ms Jones said.

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