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Gold Coast Set to Return to World Surf League Championship Tour

The Gold Coast's iconic Snapper Rocks is set to return to the World Surf League Championship Tour 2025-2028

Snapper Rocks is poised for a triumphant return to the elite World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) from 2025 to 2028. This exciting news comes courtesy of a collaborative effort between the WSL, Experience Gold Coast, and Tourism and Events Queensland.

The return of the Gold Coast to the CT circuit is a dream come true for many, particularly local surfing legend Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). With an unprecedented six CT victories at Snapper under her belt, Gilmore is eager to showcase her skills on her home turf once again. “It’s incredibly high performance and offers a bit of everything,” she says of the wave, highlighting its appeal for both surfers and spectators. The proximity to cheering crowds on the beach further amplifies the event’s electrifying atmosphere.

Snapper Rocks boasts a rich history as a CT venue, having hosted the prestigious competition since 2002. Past champions include surfing royalty like Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Carissa Moore (AUS), and Filipe Toledo (BRA), just to name a few. This world-renowned point break offers surfers a diverse playing field. From technical tube rides to high-performance walls and perfect air sections, Snapper Rocks tests the full repertoire of a competitor’s skills, all while performing under the watchful eyes of passionate fans lining the shore.

WSL APAC President Andrew Stark perfectly encapsulates the excitement surrounding Snapper Rocks’ return: “The WSL is absolutely thrilled…It’s an event with a fantastic history, held in a location that has professional surfing in its DNA.” He expresses gratitude to the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government for their vital role in bringing the CT back to this beloved location.

Local dignitaries also shared their enthusiasm. Mayor Tom Tate emphasises the iconic status of Snapper Rocks and the Gold Coast’s pride in hosting the elite series once again. Queensland’s Minister for Tourism and Sport, Michael Healy, highlights the economic benefits the event will bring, while Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Patricia O’Callaghan predicts a significant boost for the local visitor economy.

The return of the WSL CT to Snapper Rocks promises to be a landmark event for the Gold Coast community. It’s a celebration of surfing culture, a testament to the region’s world-class waves, and a thrilling spectacle for fans worldwide. With almost 14,000 people expected to flock to the event, the economic impact is undeniable. Beyond the competition itself, visitors will undoubtedly explore the diverse experiences the Gold Coast offers, further enriching the local economy.

Mark your calendars for 2025, because Snapper Rocks is set to erupt once again as the world’s best surfers battle it out on this legendary wave. It promises to be an unmissable spectacle, showcasing the pinnacle of surfing talent in a truly iconic location.

Owen Wright announces retirement from WSL Championship
In 2017 Owen Wright made a sensational return to Championship Tour after a truamatic brain injury winning the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia. | © WSL / Kelly Cestari

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Photo by Cait Miers/World Surf League

Gold Coast Set to Return to World Surf League Championship Tour

The Gold Coast's iconic Snapper Rocks is set to return to the World Surf League Championship Tour 2025-2028

Snapper Rocks is poised for a triumphant return to the elite World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) from 2025 to 2028. This exciting news comes courtesy of a collaborative effort between the WSL, Experience Gold Coast, and Tourism and Events Queensland.

The return of the Gold Coast to the CT circuit is a dream come true for many, particularly local surfing legend Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). With an unprecedented six CT victories at Snapper under her belt, Gilmore is eager to showcase her skills on her home turf once again. “It’s incredibly high performance and offers a bit of everything,” she says of the wave, highlighting its appeal for both surfers and spectators. The proximity to cheering crowds on the beach further amplifies the event’s electrifying atmosphere.

Snapper Rocks boasts a rich history as a CT venue, having hosted the prestigious competition since 2002. Past champions include surfing royalty like Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Carissa Moore (AUS), and Filipe Toledo (BRA), just to name a few. This world-renowned point break offers surfers a diverse playing field. From technical tube rides to high-performance walls and perfect air sections, Snapper Rocks tests the full repertoire of a competitor’s skills, all while performing under the watchful eyes of passionate fans lining the shore.

WSL APAC President Andrew Stark perfectly encapsulates the excitement surrounding Snapper Rocks’ return: “The WSL is absolutely thrilled…It’s an event with a fantastic history, held in a location that has professional surfing in its DNA.” He expresses gratitude to the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government for their vital role in bringing the CT back to this beloved location.

Local dignitaries also shared their enthusiasm. Mayor Tom Tate emphasises the iconic status of Snapper Rocks and the Gold Coast’s pride in hosting the elite series once again. Queensland’s Minister for Tourism and Sport, Michael Healy, highlights the economic benefits the event will bring, while Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Patricia O’Callaghan predicts a significant boost for the local visitor economy.

The return of the WSL CT to Snapper Rocks promises to be a landmark event for the Gold Coast community. It’s a celebration of surfing culture, a testament to the region’s world-class waves, and a thrilling spectacle for fans worldwide. With almost 14,000 people expected to flock to the event, the economic impact is undeniable. Beyond the competition itself, visitors will undoubtedly explore the diverse experiences the Gold Coast offers, further enriching the local economy.

Mark your calendars for 2025, because Snapper Rocks is set to erupt once again as the world’s best surfers battle it out on this legendary wave. It promises to be an unmissable spectacle, showcasing the pinnacle of surfing talent in a truly iconic location.

Owen Wright announces retirement from WSL Championship
In 2017 Owen Wright made a sensational return to Championship Tour after a truamatic brain injury winning the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia. | © WSL / Kelly Cestari

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Our in-house team and affiliates bringing you the latest in Culture, Lifestyle and Entertainment from around the globe and the great stories of the Gold Coast