Hawkes granddaughter opens Conference with “Climate Optimism – 2020 the Year for Change”.
The 6th Biennial Global Wave Conference is an international gathering to advance the recognition of the value of waves and their protection around the world. It brings together the best international minds from surfing, conservation, and innovation communities to tackle the world’s most challenging ocean issues.
The three-day Conference marks its Australian debut at the Gold Coast Campus, Southern Cross University, Southern Gold Coast, Queensland.
Sophie Taylor-Price, the granddaughter to Australia’s most popular Prime Minister the late Bob Hawke will open the Conference on Tuesday 11th February at 10am Qld time.
Ms Price represents a new generation of climate change awareness and has called her opening address Climate optimism – 2020 the Year for Change. On the same day Ms Price will join a special Climate Change panel with Surfrider Foundation CEO Chad Nelsen to talk further on climate change and its worldwide impact.
Legendary line-up of speakers!
Other speakers include 13-year-old ocean warrior Shalise Leesfield of Port Macquarie, World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and his author brother Nick Carroll discussing crowds.
Former World Tour professional surfer turned Olympic surf coach Bede Durbidge will share insights into Australia’s preparation for surfing at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Multiple World Adaptive Surf Champion Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart, from Byron Bay will discuss the growth of disabled surfing.
Iconic Surf craftsman Richard Harvey on surfing Industry, while fellow gold coast shaper Nev Hyman talks about NevHouse Housing Humanity initiative, which turns waste into low-cost housing.
World Longboard Champions Rachael Tilly and Beau Young, talk about the relevancy of all surf craft with eco options
Professional surfer and conservationist Pacha Light, an Ambassador for Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve will speak on the role of women surfing and touch on eco feminism.
Larissa Rose an adjunct lecturer on Climate Change & Environmental Management will discuss renewable energy. Larissa and Nichelle Lyster are working on STOKE, which is the Sustainable Tourism and Outdoors Kit for Evaluation. It’s the world’s first sustainability certification body for surf events.
The patron of Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve & 1978 World Champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew AM will help open and close the Global Wave Conference.
The opening ceremony will have a Welcome to Country by the Fingal Slabb surfing family at 9am on Tuesday 11th February at Gold Coast Campus Auditorium, Southern Cross University at Bilinga Southern Gold Coast.
It will be opened by the Qld State Government Minister of Public Works & Housing, Digital Technology and Sport, Mick de Brenni (a keen surfer).
The 12th World Surfing Reserve will be voted on and announced at the Gold Coast Conference by Save the Waves Vision Council, the governing authority of World Surfing Reserves. Gold Coast is the 8th WSR.
Join R.O.L.E. Foundation (Australia/Bali) and Positive Change for Marine Life (Australia/India) for the official networking event of the 2020 Global Wave Conference!
Working towards healthier oceans and communities who rely on the sea for survival, ROLE and PCFML are teaming up to showcase their inspiring projects around the world, whilst raising vital funds to keep them thriving.
There’ll be live music from local artists Alula Blue and Luke Bennett, silent auctions and raffles with some incredible prizes on offer (including stunning ocean artworks, surf trips to Bali, boards and more!).
Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite for only $10 with all proceeds going back to ROLE and PCFML’s international projects.
Come along and network with local and international changemakers, surfers and conservation professionals, learn more about how you can get involved in protecting our ocean and give back to inspiring projects making a difference.
Proudly sponsored by Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
A unique Ocean Surf Photo Exhibition is on display at The Collective Palm Beach and the Southern Cross University Library, Gold Coast Campus. The framed images will be auctioned at The Collective Palm Beach on Thursday 13th February Finale Party, a fundraiser for the Australian bushfire/wildlife appeal.
Information Booths and Event Stalls will be on display at Southern Cross University Gold Coast during the Conference.
On Friday 14th February, City of Gold Coast will host their Annual World Surfing Reserve local Stewardship Committee meeting in an historic workshop with Save the Waves Coalition & WSRs outlining Councils Surf Management Plan, ocean beaches strategies, artificial reefs, coastal infrastructure projects, and how Council manages the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve.
On the Friday afternoon, Surfrider Foundation USA Chief Executive Officer Chad Nelsen and Surfrider Foundation Australia Chair Susie Crick will convene a special International AGM for Surfrider Foundation. The International Association for Surfing Researchers (Surfing Academics) will hold their 3rd Annual Meeting on the same day.
Gold Coast Surfing Legend and skipper Tony “Doris” Eltherington has donated a 12 nights boat trip to the Mentawai’s worth $4,500.00 for a lucky registered ticket holder to be drawn at The Collective Palm Beach on Thursday 13th February with live music from local rock and roll act Mason Rack Band.
Global Wave Conference was established in 2011 and has been hosted in Spain, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, and in 2018 at Santa Cruz, California.
GWC2020 is hosted by Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc on behalf of International partners, Save the Waves Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, Surfers against Sewage, and Wild Coast.
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