Summer is awesome, but March is seriously epic. And a lot of that epicness comes down to one of our fave events of the year—the Quiksilver and Roxy Pros.
While it can be hard to take your eyes off the wave-slaying action, it’s not the only reason you’ll wanna head south over the coming 10 days.
The Main Event—Surfing! | March 14 to 25, Conditions Dependant
It’s the reason we’re here, with all eyes on Snapper Rocks for the opening round of the World Surfing League’s Quiksilver and Roxy Pros. With our favourite son, Mick Fanning, announcing his commitment to the full series and with one of the strongest ever line-ups fighting for the title, expect an electric atmosphere at the first stop on the world pro series. In 2016 the surf was pumping from the outset, which saw the champions crowned and event tents being dismantled well before the second weekend. Though this year could be a very different story. Each day’s play is dictated by the conditions, with calls made by WSL event organisers at 7am for the day ahead. Heats can run at any time between 7:30am and 4pm, so keep an eye on the WSL Facebook page for regular updates, or live stream on the days you’re stuck at the office.
Details: Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay
A “Surfer’s Paradise” In Coolangatta | On now, through To Saturday, March 18
Getting in on the action, powerhouse surf brand Hurley will be converting Greenmount SLSC into their home base during opening week of the Quiky Pro. A bevvie of activities are planned, from surfing sessions and video analysis with the legendary “Rabbit” Bartholomew, yoga for surfers, Q&As with Julian Wilson (hubba hubba) and Rabbit, strength and conditioning training sessions for surfers and skaters, board artwork demos, and hot-off-the-printing-press fundraising tees for sale. If you needed any more reason to loiter around the surf club, Hurley pros include reigning world champ John John Florence, plus Filipe Toledo, Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, founder Bob Hurley, and others are expected to swing past and say g’day. Pre-registration for activities is strongly recommended.
Details: Marine Parade and Hill Street, Coolangatta
Cost: Free to participate
Boardriders Cooly Demo Day | Saturday, March 18
We’re looking at you, die-hard wave slayers and groms of the Gold Coast. Boardriders Coolangatta is super pumped to host a multi-brand demo day on opening weekend of the Quiky Pro. A swag of reps from the world’s best brands will be on hand (think: JS Surfboards, DHD, Chanel Islands, Firewire, Slater Designs, FCS, Future Fins, Quiksilver, and Roxy) to geek out on boards and accessories. With the opportunity to test surfboards you might’ve had your eye on, and determine if it’s the next stick that’s missing from your quiver. Throughout the Quiky Pro, Boardriders will be hosting bands, DJs, and live-streaming the surfing; with a free skate clinic also planned for Sunday, March 19.
Details: 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta; 7am to 2pm
Cost: Free to demo (credit card and ID required); pre-registration recommended
Cooly Beachfest | Saturday, March 18
It was the missing link to give the Quiky Pro that true festival atmosphere. So you can thank a legendary group of locals for creating a new one-day music fest to perfectly complement the action on the water. At the conclusion of competition on opening weekend, Gold Coast’s hottest new music event, Cooly Beachfest, will keep the crowd warm with five hours of live bands, festival stalls, food trucks, and pop-up bars. Headed up by The Rubens, along with The Beautiful Girls, Dorsal Fins, Bec Sandridge, and The Vanns, this is shaping up to be one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast during the Quiky Pro.
Details: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta; 3pm to 10pm
Cost: Adults $55+ BF, grommets under 14 $45+BF; on sale now via the website
The Mad Hueys “The Good Life” Party at Hotel Komune | Saturday, March 18
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed at a party thrown by The Mad Hueys, is the night will get loose. Real loose. These local legends never do stuff in halves, which is why they’ve enlisted a massive Aussie DJ to add to the mayhem. They’re keeping tight-lipped on said DJ, though we’ve been told he frequents the national festival circuit and is going to be ridiculously rad. Basically, don’t miss out or prepare to suffer a serious case of FOMO. The Mad Hueys Lager will also be launched and, of course, there will be babes in bikinis thanks to The Mad Hueys calendar model search. All the action kicks off from 4pm so, pace yourself people!
Details: 146 Marine Parade, Coolangatta; doors open 4pm
Cost: Free entry before 7:30pm; $5 after
#ROXYFitness | Sunday, March 19
Gold Coast ladies, wrangle your besties! A feature event of the Roxy Pro festivities, #ROXYfitness is a feel-good morning on the beach that integrates yoga and stretching, SUPing, and a 5km run. Coolangatta will again join the likes of hosts Hawaii, France, and the USA on the event’s trip across the globe. With 1,000+ gorgeous local gals expected to participate, and pros including Steph Gilmore and Bronte Macaulay there to cheer you on, this is certain to be one of the coolest things to do on the Gold Coast in March. Pre-registration is required.
Details: Rainbow Bay Beach, Coolangatta; starts 7am
Cost: $15 per event (includes gift pack)
Joyce Magazine Pro Party At Cooly Hotel | Friday, March 24
Hosted by women’s surfing mag, Joyce, at the official clubhouse of the Quiky Pro, the Coolangatta Hotel, this is just one of a number of pro parties which is promising to attract a handful of, well, pros. DJs keeping the crowd warm include Play House, Vices, and Mcgill, with drink specials and good vibes all ‘round.
Details: Corner Marine Parade and Warner Street, Coolangatta; starts 9pm
Cost: Free entry
Beach Shack Party At Hotel Komune | Saturday, March 25
Make yourself at home on the Komune pool deck with bean bags, private booths for hire, ocean vistas, cocktails, and DJ beats by Roland Tings (of Triple J fame), Easy P, Alex Kinloch, and Just Jesse. Hosted by Redbull and branded the Quiky Pro’s best after-party (unless you score yourself a spot on the guest list to Mick Fanning’s house, that is), come for the Redbull pop-up bar and cocktails and stay for the all-night rager; ‘cause you don’t have to work tomorrow, so there goes that excuse.
Details: 146 Marine Parade, Coolangatta; doors open 5pm
Cost: Free entry
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