AN amazing weekend gone by helped me realise just what an incredible place we live in.
Our golden coast serves up events that bring our special surfing community together and celebrating the highs and the lows of life's many wonders.
Now I know that might sound a touch esoteric and out there with the pixies but it these worthy experiences that really make us appreciate how good life can be.
Kicking off at Twinnies on Friday night was the return of one of Australia's best iconic 80s bands, INXS resplendent with new Irish singer from Belfast, Ciaran Gibbin.
Noticeable among the many adoring fans was seven times Womens World Champion Layne Beachley who is also famous for being the partner of INXS guitarist and sax player Kirk Pengilly.
On Saturday with blazing sunshine and pumping waves, two of the Gold Coast Point Breaks were officially declared "Surfing Reserves".
Representatives from the National Surfing Reserves, Surfing Queensland, local Boardriding clubs and Gold Coast City Council were on hand to unveil the impressive black monolithic plaques at Currumbin Alley and Snapper Rocks.
Surfing reserves was the brainchild of Brad Farmer, a former Gold Coast foundation president of Surfrider who began 19 years ago sowing the seeds of establishing protection for our World Class breaks.
Burleigh Point will be celebrated at the end of the month during the annual Joe Engel Cup.
"Friends of Currumbin" spokesman Wilf Ardill spoke about how in the 70s, the "Minister of Everything", larger than life, Russ Hinze was convinced by passionate locals not to go ahead with a proposed marina and casino planned for Currumbin Alley.
At Snapper Rocks, local surfing stalwarts of the Snapper Surfriders Club, Bruce Lee and Wayne Deane together with SurfWorld Gold Coast chairman Mal Sutherland unveiled a similar sponsored Gold Coast City Council Plaque in front of many patrons of the Rainbow Bay Surf Club.
On Saturday Wayne "the Evergreen" Deane celebrated his milestone 60th at the Coolangatta Sands with his surfing family.
During the day, the 9th annual Occy Gromfest was in full flight at D-Bah in excellent waves after the latest LP swell generated a weekend of waves all over the coast.
Joyous occasions all.