Articles tagged with "Gold Coast"

100 Kids Surf With The Stars at Duranbah

Posted by: on February 25th, 2009



2007 World Champion Mick Fanning takes time out to play a part in Surf With The Stars.

2007 World Champion Mick Fanning takes time out to play a part in Surf With The Stars.



Gold Coast, Australia — THE world’s best surfers took time out of their preparation for this weekend’s Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile to give back to the local kids with the inaugural Surf With the Stars being held at Duranbah on the Gold Coast today.


Over 100 local board riders joined 15 of the world’s elite surfers including 2007 world champion Mick Fanning (Coolangatta) and world no.2 Bede Durbidge (Currumbin) for an afternoon of surfing.


Surf With The Stars is an initiative of the pro surfers’ union World Professional Surfers (WPS), and is aimed to increase grassroots contact with young surfers and inspire the kids of today with a positive message.


Fanning, who was one of the key movers behind the successful event said, “It’s a way for us to give back and provide advice to the grommets as well as put back into the community that welcomes all the pros to the Gold Coast each year.”


The kids appearing on the day have been pre-selected to take part in the event already by a network of board-riding clubs stretching across both the Gold & Tweed Coast.


The top 45 ASP World Tour surfers are on the Gold Coast for the Quiksilver Pro, which kicks off in Coolangatta later this week.


SUPPORTED BY:, Kirra Surfriders Club & The Mitchell Surfing Foundation.

Wills and Wilson Awarded Wildcards into Quiksilver Pro

Posted by: on February 18th, 2009



Julian Wilson flying at last years Quiksilver Pro.

Julian Wilson flying at last years Quiksilver Pro.



Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile

Stop 1 on the ASP Men’s World Tour 

Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia

February 28th to March 11th



Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, AUS — Recently retired world tour surfer Danny Wills (Byron Bay, AUS) and rising star Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS) have been awarded main event wildcards into the upcoming Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile.

Though at opposite ends of their careers both surfers are capable of causing damage to the worlds top 45 in the season-opening ASP men’s world tour event on Australia’s Gold Coast from February 28th to March 11th.

After more than a decade as a full time pro surfer, Wills, 33, announced his retirement at  the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii in December last year. 

“It’s a big change after knowing no different for the last fifteen years but it was my choice to give it away. I’m really stoked to be finished and I’m enjoying home life with the family,” said Wills.

“There will be no pressure at all (in the Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile) it will be great to be on the side of the hunter and not the hunted this year,” added the highly respected competitor.

Danny Wills.

Danny Wills.

Wills and Wilson will draw one of the worlds top three rated surfers of either nine-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA), world no.2 Bede Durbidge (Gold Coast, AUS) or world no.3 Taj Burrow (Yallingup, AUS) in round one of competition.

Twenty-year-old sensation Wilson will be competing in his third consecutive Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile as a wildcard.  Entering with experience on his side this year, Wilson could prove more dangerous than in 2007 when he relegated Slater (Florida, USA) into the sudden death round two heats with an opening-heat win.

“I haven’t got anything to lose.  I love it,” said Wilson.

“Surfing against the worlds best is fun, you learn a lot and I know the wave at Snapper so I’m excited to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Kelly (Slater) would be fun to draw,” added Wilson.

The prodigious talent has just bounced back from an ankle injury – that had kept him out of the water for the last three months of 2008 – with a pro-junior win earlier in January.

“I spent 3 months out of action and it feels so good to be surfing again,” said Wilson.

“I won my first event back, I’m not at one hundred per cent just yet but I’m winning so my confidence is there,” added Wilson.

Again this year Wilson will be riding and auctioning a pink surfboard at the Quiksilver  Pro to raise awareness and funds for the national breast cancer foundation.

The third and final wildcard will be granted to the winner of the Quiksilver Pro Trials to be staged in conjunction with the Roxy Pro Trials on Friday, February 27th.  

The season-opening ASP women’s world tour event the US$90,000 Roxy Pro presented by LG Mobile and the opening men’s world tour event, the US$340,000 Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile will commence on Saturday February 28th and run through to March 11th.

Both opening world tour events are mobile, granting access to some of the best surf breaks on the planet. The tournament will be based at Snapper Rocks yet can travel from Stradbroke Island to Duranbah Beach on the QLD/NSW state border in search of optimum waves.

James Watson Nets Back-to-back Honolua Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Challenge Crowns!

Posted by: on November 24th, 2008


Burleigh Heads surfing ace James ‘Billy’ Watson performs a radical floater on his stand up paddleboard en route to winning.

Burleigh Heads surfing ace James ‘Billy’ Watson performs a radical floater on his stand up paddleboard en route to winning.



Gold Coast, Aus — STAND up paddleboarding (SUP) continued its resurgence at Currumbin Alley today with the second annual Honolua Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Challenge wrapping up on the Gold Coast.

The first wave of stand up paddle surfing was attributed to the Hawaiian Beach Boys in the 1930’s who used to surf in Waikiki, Hawaii using canoe paddles to power themselves into waves.

Interest in the sport later faded out with the arrival of shorter and lighter boards, but the popularity has exploded on the Gold Coast with this year’s event attracting plenty of attention, with $1500 prize money up for grabs across a 40-strong field.

But it was no easy paddle for surfing’s ironmen, battling a devilish north westerly wind and testing 0.5-metre waves in the race for stand up paddle glory. 


Burleigh Heads SUP ace and defending champion James ‘Billy’ Watson validated his standing as the country’s ultimate stand up paddle surfer, trumping a talented crew of surfers to seal back-to-back crowns.


Watson, 28, was in a league of his own in the multi-disciplinary paddle challenge; unleashing a skilful showing of the revived Hawaiian surfing style to finish in the numero-uno position on 2450 points after placing second in the surfing division and third in the race component.


“I’m so stoked,” said Watson.


“Conditions were bumpy today which made doing maneouves quite difficult, so I’m pleased to come away with the win.”


Currumbin Lifeguard Kelly Margetts finished behind Watson in second on 2110-points with Woody Jack (Currumbin – 2000pts) rounding out the top three.


In a tightly-contested surfing final, Currumbin gun Jack out-duelled defending champion Watson to snare bragging rights over his Burleigh Heads rival.


In a high-scoring final, Jack made the most of an early wave score (7.17) to dominate proceedings.


Despite a last minute charge by Watson, Jack held his nerve to take line honours.


The talented paddler finishing on a two-wave combined total of 15.00 (out of a possible 20) to Watson’s 12.33. The Gold Coast pairing of Guy Walker and Matthew Lumley finishing in third and fourth respectively.


Post final, Jack said he was stoked to be apart of today’s surfing final.


“I’m over the moon,” he said. 

“I was kind of nervous at the start of the final, but I settled into rhythm quickly. I jagged a set wave right off the bat which really setup the win for me.”

Utilising the standard judging criteria as per the Surfing Australia Rule Book, competitors were also judged on how they utilised their paddle to push into waves and execute maneouvres.

Currumbin local Margetts crossed the line in first in the paddle race in a super-fast time of 27 minutes and 32 seconds, just ahead of Danny Sheard in 28 minutes and 46 seconds. Watson finished in third in a time of 29 minutes and 02 seconds. 

Competitors were required to paddle the two-kilometre race involving both flat and surf water conditions for the second component of the one-day tournament.  Paddlers raced from Currumbin Creek out through the surf and around a buoy back into Currumbin Creek around the M1 Highway Bridge and back to a finish line under the Gold Coast Highway Bridge.


However, the paddle challenge was not all about fierce competition. 

The Honoula Ultimate SUP Challenge was designed to be a really social affair and was a perfect event for the public to have their first crack at surfing’s hottest craze. 

Acting as a fantastic introductory to SUP, the prestigious event incorporated a free “Learn to SUP” clinic.