The world’s most elite surfing series returns to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has secured the rights to host a World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour event at Snapper Rocks for the next four years.

The World Surf League has announced the iconic point break will return to the Championship Tour schedule from 2025-2028, after a five-year hiatus.

The sand-bottomed break, nestled within the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, has long been a favourite location for the globe’s best surfers.

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said resecuring the WSL Championship Tour was a massive coup for the Gold Coast.

Snapper Rocks is renowned as one of the world’s best surfing breaks and has a long history hosting world-class competition, so we were determined to work with WSL and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) to bring this elite series back the Gold Coast,” said Mr Warn.

The Championship Tour is the absolute highest level of professional surfing, so we can expect to witness the world’s biggest names in surfing competing here each year while the global broadcast showcases one of the Gold Coast’s most spectacular destinations. For surfing fans and aspiring Tour contenders this is an incredible coup.”

WSL APAC President Andrew Stark said WSL was absolutely thrilled to see Snapper Rocks once again become a stop on the elite Championship Tour.

It’s an event with a fantastic history, held in a location that has professional surfing in its DNA,” said Mr Stark. “The long, perfect reeling walls of the ‘Super Bank’ is one of the wonders of the surfing world, and we can’t wait to see the world’s best competing for world championship points on one of the planet’s most high-performance waves.

The event returning to the Tour wouldn’t be possible without the support of the City of Gold Coast through Experience Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland. We sincerely thank them for the support and for partnering with WSL to return the Tour to one of its favourite stops for both fans and competitors alike.

Snapper Rocks

We are thrilled to have secured the rights to bring the Championship Tour event back to the Gold Coast,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

Snapper Rocks is an iconic point break that holds a special place in the hearts of surfers here and worldwide, and we’re proud to bring this elite series back to our famous shores.

We look forward to showcasing not only the Gold Coast’s renowned surf breaks, but all that the southern Gold Coast has to offer, and I encourage all Gold Coasters and visitors to come down and enjoy the action!

Dates for the Snapper Rocks event and the full 2025 WSL Championship Tour schedule will be released later this year.

The Gold Coast – the home of surfing this May

The eyes of the world will be on the Gold Coast’s iconic waves this May as some of the world’s best, and up and coming, surfers search for the ultimate ride.

With not one but two huge surfing events and a new festival celebrating the best of our surf films and photography, the Gold Coast will be transformed into the home of surfing throughout the month of May.

Kicking off with the 2022 Gold Coast Open on Saturday 30 April, this three-day event brings together the best Australian and international surfers to compete for crucial World Surf League qualifying series points at the iconic Burleigh surf break. The birds eye view from the hill makes this the perfect spectators’ event and alongside the surfing, you can enjoy markets, music, cinema sessions, and, for those up early enough, sunrise mindfulness and meditation.

From Saturday 7 May the surfing action heads to the southern end of the coast to the world-famous right-hand sandy point break, Snapper Rocks. The Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro presented by Rip Curl launches the 2022 WSL Challenger Series and is a competition not to miss. Here you’ll see some of the world’s top surfers go head to head in some of the world’s best waves. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the beach at Snapper, and from surrounding viewing areas, to enjoy this surfing spectacle. The event will be live streamed around the world ensuring all eyes are on the Gold Coast for this nine-days of exciting competition.  

In between the waves, the inaugural Flotsam Festival (1-8 May) will provide visitors to the Gold Coast with the ultimate surf culture experience. Held at various indoor and outdoor locations across the southern Gold Coast, Flotsam will showcase the best of surf film and photography with a series of short film premieres, workshops, in-depth discussions with film makers and photographers and exhibitions.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick:

We’re always happy to support new events like the Flotsam Festival, that not only celebrate Australia’s talented filmmakers and photographers, but also bring new visitors to the city to enjoy the festival and our beautiful surfing mecca.

Flotsam Festival

If you’re a surfer, surf enthusiast or just someone who loves a good time, May is a month you don’t want to miss on the Gold Coast!