Surf festival brings people together

THE Gold Coast will this week host the Student Surfing Festival, a surf event which brings together students from different nationalities.

One of the highlights of this edition is a mobile licence issued by the Gold Coast City Council which gives the possibility to hold the event in different beaches, depending on the swell and wind forecasts.

The options are Duranbah Beach, Burleigh Heads, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise or The Spit, but it is likely that the event will happen at Duranbah or Main Beach.

“The goal is to offer competitors and the public the best surfing conditions possible so organisers will check the forecast for the weekend to decide which beach will be chosen to host the festival,” said Ale Zeni, from Ibrasurf, which conducts the event along with Surfing Queensland.

The STB Student Surfing Festival has the following divisions: International, University / Vocational, High School, Student Girls and the most anticipated Expression Session and School Tag Team, an exciting competition between schools.

The competitors will battle for some amazing prizes such as 12 days at Surfing Village Pasti, Indonesia, five days at MojoSurf in New Zealand, Mauricio Gil Surfboards, plus kits from Dakine, Mrs Palmer’s Accessories and Xcel wetsuits.

Another major attraction will be the official parties.

The opening party will be today at Billy’s Beach House (Surfers Paradise), and on Sunday the “Sunset Party” will award the champions at Komune Coolangatta, starting at 5pm.

Entries are limited and can be made until March 17 at the participating schools or at Surfing Queensland’s website,

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