It’s that time again: From 10th to 21st March 2016, the world’s best surfers will battle it out at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast for the opening stop on the 2016 WSL Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro.
The Quiksilver (male) and Roxy (female) Pro competition is a chance to catch the top surfers from around the world compete at Snapper Rocks’ world-class waves. One of the most popular surf spots in Southern Queensland, Coolangatta hosts the Quiksilver Pro every year and always puts on a good show. Usually packed with amateur surfers, Snapper Rocks empties out during the event so that the world’s best surfers can hit the barrels.
2016 is the Gold Coast’s 15th year as season-opener for the elite Tour and it looks to be a memorable year as it’s anyone’s game. Last year’s winners Adriano de Souza and Carissa Moore will be defending their crowns, with favourites such as Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Courtney Conlogue providing some stiff competition. Local Stephanie Gilmore looks set to make a comeback after her 2015 season was derailed by injury. Success in 2016 would mean seven world surfing crowns for the surfing champ.
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro is free to watch beachside and the atmosphere is hard to beat – with the commentary in the background, beautiful weather and the world’s best surfers on the breaks, it’s one of the most spectator friendly surfing competitions in Australia. The event includes a series of programs and a wide selection of entertainment options catering for both adults and kids. After enjoying a day in the sun, you can grab a bite to eat at one of The Strand’s tempting beachfront dining
options, such as Bin 72
, then grab a drink at The Coolanagatta Hotel
, one of Australia’s best live entertainment venues.