The time has arrived, folks. The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro are back for another year and we’re so freakin’ pumped!
With so much happening in and out of the water, it can be hard to know which direction to turn, so we’re helping you out with a massive roundup of all the best events in and around Coolangatta. Get your social diaries at the ready!
All Event Long | March 10—21
The main event—surfing!
It’s the reason we’re all here. We know you’ve come to watch the world’s best in action at the first of 10 international stops on the WSL Pro Championship Circuit. Competition will depend on surf conditions (of course!), so check in regularly to determine if the action will be hitting the water that day. If a lay day is called, enjoy the sand and sunshine, grab a bite at one of the best breakfast spots in Coolangatta, or hit up any of the mad events rocking the southern GC.
Quiksilver and Roxy Tent
The crew at Quiksilver and Roxy have generously set aside a tent just for peeps like us, where they’ll be live streaming the event if you need a break from the crowds or the searing sun. You’ll find cold drip or organic iced coffee on offer; a pop-up barber from Quiksilver Boardriders if, ya’ know, you feel inclined for a short back and sides; plus, a retail tent with DHD and Channel Island surfboards and apparel to buy or lust after.
Thursday, March 10
Beach Burrito Company | Tic Taco—Exploration of Skateboarding | From 6pm
Head to The Strand to admire an Australian photography exhibition showcasing the “art of skateboarding”. All works are for sale.
Friday, March 11
Boardriders Coolangatta | Quiksilver and Roxy Team Signing | 5—6pm
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and friendly with the team riders—pro riders Stephanie Gilmore, Jeremy Flores, Kelia Moniz, Mikey Wright, and Matt Banting are all confirmed to attend.
Komune Hotel | Molly and Polly Endless Summer Swim Show | From 5pm
Grab a coldie by the pool while quirky and colourful local swimwear label, Molly and Polly hosts a fashion parade to prove that sunny life on the Coast never ends. Show starts around 7pm.
Snapper Rocks | BOQ’s Beach Cinema Night | From 6.30pm
Major sponsor of the Quiksilver Pro, Bank of Queensland is throwing a free movie night on the sand with everyone’s fave animation, Finding Nemo! ‘Cause who doesn’t love Dory?
Boardriders Coolangatta | Tropical Zombie Kick-off Party | From 7pm
Get in the festive mood early at the Quiky Pro’s official kick-off party, where Tropical Zombie will be rocking out with Jesse Pumphrey.
Coolangatta Hotel | Carmada Live | From 8pm
Cooly Hotel’s band room will be going off to the electrifying sounds of global sensation DJ duo, Carmada. A monster crowd of party people are expected to hit the d-floor, so get your tickets early for $35 +bf.
Rattlesnake Motel | Tracks Magazine After Party | Doors from 8pm, Tracks Magazine After Party from midnight
Teaming up with surf industry legends, Tracks Magazine’s After Party hits the Rattlesnake when the clock strikes midnight; come for DJ beats and the Patron pop-up margarita bar.
Saturday, March 12
#ROXYfitness | Yoga, Run, and SUP ladies’ day out | From 8am
Certain to be one of the biggest side events of the week, #ROXYfitness has travelled the globe before descending on our beloved Rainbow Bay. This ladies-only event includes a beachside yoga sesh, 5km run, and 1km SUP. Entry costs $10 per leg and each participant will receive a pack loaded with Roxy goodies. Online pre-registration is required.
Komune Hotel | Quiky Pro Kick-start Party | From 5pm
Make yourself at home on the Komune pool deck with bean bags, private booths for hire, ocean vistas, cocktails, and beats by DJ Spooner and DJ Flo.
The Sunhouse | The Sound of Change Experience presented by Rhythm | From 7pm
Catch a surf movie with epic visions and an original sound track by Neal Purchase Junior and The Brown Byrds. Entry is free and JR’s Smokehouse will be cooking up the goods from 5pm.
Boardriders Coolangatta | Live Music | From 7pm
Nab one of the sweet couches for people-watching and live music by Kyle Lionhart and Matthew Armitage.
Coolangatta Hotel | Smack My Beach Up Party | From 9pm
Hit up Club Icon for a tropical fiesta hosted by Red Bull and featuring the sounds of Brisbane’s DJ Cut Loose; limited edition summer Red Bull and vodka specials all night looonnnngg.
Sunday, March 13
Coolangatta Hotel | Official Corona After-party with Goons of Doom | From 2pm
It’ll be a mad afternoon at the Cooly Hotel with free-flowing beers, Corona beer specials and giveaways, plus live music by Goons of Doom (on at 4pm), Bleach Girls, and Jesse Pumphery in da house.
Komune Hotel | Corona Sunday Sessions | From 3pm
These guys know how to throw one heck of a Sunday sesh. Come for the pool volleyball comp, Corona bar, taco bar, ping pong, and fist pumping choons from guest DJs, Tom + Jarry.
The Sunhouse | Sunday Sessions | From 5pm
Looking for some place a little more laid-back? Farewell the weekend with a live jam session by Dusty Boots and finger-licking eats from JR’s Smokehouse.
Bread N Butter | Live Music | From 6pm
Everyone’s gotta eat! Come for the wood-fired pizzas and stay for live acoustics by Matthew Armitage.
Rainbow Bay SLSC | Ivey and Peach Fur | From 6.30pm
This spot will be the centre of attention all week long, so drop in to Rainbow Bay SLSC when they kick off the party with a free gig by local bands, Ivey and Peach Fur. You know you want to.
Wednesday, March 16
Bread N Butter | Brazilian Dance Party and Pizza Night | From 6pm
Join GC’s local Brazilian community and Filipe Toledo fans for an energetic night of dancing and music with Gabriel Garcia and crew. Chow down, with all wood-fired pizzas selling for just $16 each.
Thursday, March 17
Rattlesnake Motel | Surfs Up Party hosted by Red Bull | From 8pm
Hit the d-floor to the rad tunes of Tom & Jarry DJs and the liquid courage of vodka and summer edition Red Bulls.
Friday, March 18
Komune Hotel | Spring Fling by Jaymes Swimwear | From 5pm
Steaming up the last weekend of the Quiky Pro with a sexy swimwear fashion parade, free gifts for the ladies, live soundtrack by Kinloch and Spooner, plus a Corona bar, taco bar, ping pong, and, of course, the infamous Komune pool party, baby!
Coolangatta Hotel | DVCO Pro Party | From 7pm
DVCO surfboard and skateboard wear is officially launching their new label by hosting a wild night at Club Icon with hip hop and R&B from DJ Glazer, clothing freebies and, get this, a surfboard giveaway to one lucky punter. You won’t want to miss this!
Rattlesnake Motel | Quiksilver Party | From 8pm
Powered by Soiree, you’re gonna bloody love the deep and melodic sounds of Byron Bay-based DJ, LeOCh.
Saturday, March 19
The Strand | The Strand to the Sand | From 3pm
Run in conjunction with Bleach* Festival, head to the Coolangatta parklands opposite The Strand for free live music sets under the Norfolk pines by The Reversals, Jake Whittaker, and Amela.
Boardriders Coolangatta | An Evening with Channel Islands | From 5.30pm
Head shaper for Channel Islands, Britt Merrick will be on hand to talk shop about all the secrets behind the brand, the boards, and the team riders, followed by live music from The Ruiins and Jackson Dunn at 7pm.
Komune Hotel | Tropical Vibes Party | From 5pm
Take the beach party to the pool deck at Komune’s Tropical Vibes party, with music by DJs Glazer and CBoss.
Rattlesnake Motel | Rattlesnake Showcase | From 8pm
Celebrating a huge week of surfing and good times at the Quiksilver Pro, Rattlesnake hosts its annual wrap party which give thanks to its residents and team for putting in a stellar effort. All welcome.
Coolangatta Hotel | Shot Box Party with Boston Switch | From 9pm
Entry to Club Icon is free with DJ Boston Switch headlining, plus, for five bucks you can pick up a wristband that’ll give you VIP privileges and drink specials all night long.
Sunday, March 20
The Strand, Coolangatta | Melanoma March | 7.30am sharp
All partied out? How about supporting a worthy cause? Register for the 4km walk and help raise funds and awareness for this deadly sun-worshipping killer.
Coolangatta Hotel | Corona Sunsets presents The Belligerents | From 2pm
This is the official Corona after-party, so grab a chilled brew and farewell the pros for another year with a free live show by The Belligerents. Trust us, this is going to be massive, so best get in early!
Komune Hotel | Redbull Beach Shack Wrap Party | From 3pm
Redbull wants you to join them for their farewell pool party, with live music from The Babe Rainbow, Pro Vita, The Cinema Wristys, and more.
Bread N Butter | Live Music | From 6pm
Hungry yet? You’ll definitely have a case of the munchies after an exhausting weekend in the sun. Walk up to Kirra for wood-fired pizzas and live sounds by Dave Muray, and reminisce on one hell of a massive week.
Photo Credit: Surfing Magazine