Gold Coast set to host a major surfing conference in 2020!

Exciting news for local surf fans, with it being revealed today that the Gold Coast will host a major surfing conference in 2020 – attracting up to 400 experts from around the world!

Coolangatta received unanimous support to host the sixth bi-annual Global Waves Conference in two
years, when it was put to the most recent conference in California.

Save The Waves Executive Director Nik Strong-Cvetich said he was “thrilled to see the Global Wave Conference go to Gold Coast in 2020 as it is the 8th World Surfing Reserve.”


“The Gold Coast will be such an exciting venue for the 6th biannual held the week before the World Surfing League (WSL) world tour event at Snapper Rocks and in the year that surfing is introduced into the Olympics for the first time,” he said.

The GWC will attract surfing academics, marine scientists, ocean conservationist, industry leaders, legends and champions of the sport to address issues and concerns facing surfing as a whole and how to seek solutions and outcomes that protect the sport, our ocean and planet.

Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve chairman Andrew McKinnon, who travelled to Santa Cruz to present the successful bid, was delighted the Gold Coast will host in 2020.

“This will be a hugely significant year for surfing and riding the Olympic wave of momentum,” he said.

“I say go for gold. Go for the Gold Coast. See you in 2020.”

The Gold Coast GWC will be a five-day conference involving a WSR mini-conference such as Santa Cruz,
including a surfing expo, movie festival and live music all based in the Coolangatta area.