Kirra SurfStock a time to relax
THE inaugural Kirra SurfStock will take off on a wave of surfing legends, music and competition from November 5 to 8.
The event has a right to claim the festival tag, with a diverse array of events and activities spread across four days and nights.
The festival will officially open on November 5 at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel, with musicians Nick Saxton, Tokyo Beef and Spin City performing.
Surfboard design revolutionary Bob McTavish, will launch his new book on the Friday.
The book, titled Bob McTavish, Stoked! includes McTavish's memories of a pumping eight-foot Kirra in the late 1950s when it was at its best.
“I'm so stoked to be part of the Kirra SurfStock Festival and have many happy memories of surfing on the Gold Coast, especially in the Kirra and Coolangatta area which features prominently in my new book,” he said.
The following night the modern surfboard experts, including Darren Handley and Simon Anderson will be at the new Surf World Museum for the Grand Night of the event, which also features a surf film festival at Currumbin Sanctuary. Saturday will also feature a junior teams surfing event.
Sunday has been tagged as the “big day” of the festival, starting at 7am with a beach walk from Currumbin and a paddleboard race at 8am. Beach dune care groups will then plant at North Kirra.
Volleyball will be played on the beach as a special beach-surf-art-themed markets bustles in the background.
The highly anticipated Miss SurfStock beach pageant parade will be the curtain-raiser for the live music kicking off at midday, with artists including Dan Hannaford and Dave Murray Band, GAS, Westerly Windina, Cupids Bullet, Minus Equilibrium, Tokyo Beef, Isaac Paddon, The Genes, Birdy and the Quiet Excitement and Max Judo.
Festival director Andrew McKinnon urged festival goers to relax and have fun.
“The Kirra SurfStock will be a festival to celebrate, create awareness and bring families and communities together have some fun and is not a rally to protest,” he said.
“Our rally to save Kirra was held on Australia Day when 3000 people turned up to paddle in a peaceful but symbolic protest.”
“This prompted both government and council to hear the people and act on their concerns.
“The Queensland government maintains a rock-solid guarantee to help fix Kirra, allocating $1.5 million that was offered during the March state election.
“Queensland Minister for Sustainability and Climate Change Kate Jones is adamant that the state government will not walk away from this election promise despite saying that nature and wave god Huey moved 200,000 cubic metres of sand during the constant swell periods from February to July.
“The government and GCCC are now looking at moving 60,000 cubic metres of sand, 75 metres back from the shoreline into a 1.5-metre sloping sand dune from the corner of Kirra Point to North Kirra."
Mr McKinnon thanked Connecting Southern Gold Coast (CSGC) for presenting the event in association with local businesses.