Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Gold Coast will play host to the first Global Surf Cities Conference in the days preceding the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Surf Events, specifically 28 February and 1 March, 2013.

The premise of the conference is to assemble leading surf city representatives from around Australia and the world to hear from internationally acclaimed speakers in the themes of surf business, innovation in surf, surf tourism, coastal management, surf city governance and more.

The two major aims of the Conference are to establish a platform for networking among surf cities to develop globally sustainable surf industries, and to develop frameworks for international collaboration in surf industry education, employment and global career mobility.

The keynote address will discuss the findings of the Benchmarking Global Best Practice, Innovation and Leadership in Surf City Tourism, a study currently being undertaken by the Gold Coast Surf City Inc. committee, who is facilitating the Conference.

Gold Coast Surf City Inc. (GCSC) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the continued growth and vitality of the Gold Coast surf cluster as a “global industry leader.”

Formally known as the Gold Coast Surf Industry Taskforce, GCSC was formed in February 2011 as part of a Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) initiative to help grow and support the $3.3 billion surf industry on the Gold Coast. The committee acts as a single collective voice for the surf industry on the Gold Coast, and through its endeavours, promotes the multi-billion dollar economic input to the area.

Registrations are now open for this inaugural event, through the following website:

The 2013 Global Surf Cities Conference will be staged at the historic/heritage listed Kirra Community Centre, which overlooks the fabled Kirra surf break.  The conference will also play host to the World Surf Cities Network Annual General Meeting, an initiative that commenced in San Sebastian, Spain in 2011.

The sport of surfing generates considerable economic, environmental and social impacts through its related tourism, events, manufacturing, retail and cultural aspects. If this is of interest to you, please consider registering.

The conference will feature high profile speakers such as Chris Hines from the UK, Andy Abel from Papua New Guinea, Jess Ponting from the US, Steve Martin from Phuket; and Tim Baker, Ian Eddie, Danny O’Brien, Dan Ware, Andrew Warren and Brad Farmer from Australia; as well as industry icons like Dave Byrne and Jamie Mitchell.

Registrations are filling fast with delegates from San Sebastian, San Diego, Sao Paulo, and Portugal all attending.

To find out more and register, go to:
We will be finishing the conference on Friday March 1 on the corporate deck at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro trials – a great opportunity to see the Gold Coast surf industry in action and see some seriously good surfing!

We look forward to welcoming you on the Gold Coast in February.

- The Global Surf Cities Conference Team.


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