Rainbow Bay still the one
WITH the Snapper Rocks surf break still far from its best, rumours are flying on the Gold Coast that Rainbow Bay could lose the Quiksilver Pro world surfing tour competition.
The Gold Coast “Dream Tour” event may be staged anywhere between North Stradbroke Island and Duranbah and the recent announcement of a World Qualifying Series competition at Burleigh Heads in the lead up to the Quiksilver Pro added fuel to rumours of a move.
The Snapper break has not recovered since its sand banks were washed away by May's brutal once-in-a-decade storms, leading some to question whether the wave could host the event.
Surfing Queensland chief executive officer Craig Harland admitted on Friday serious thought had been given to moving the Quiksilver Pro to Burleigh earlier this year but a decision was made to commit to Snapper Rocks.
“Initially, earlier this year we were toying with the idea but from all predictions the sand will come back to Snapper and we are committed to staging the competition there,” Mr Harland said.
“Once it gets closer, we will look at everything in that area, whether it is Kirra, Coolangatta or Duranbah. Quiksilver are committed to bring the event to Snapper with Duranbah as a strong back-up. There will probably be more infrastructure in place at Duranbah than there traditionally has been.”
He said no matter what happened with the waves, the Rainbow Bay Surf Club would be the base of operations for the event.
Any move would be a blow for the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads economies, with the event estimated to inject between $5 million and $7 million into the twin towns each year.
The Snapper Rocks wave, which in the past stretched all the way to Kirra and became known as the Superbank, was famously created by the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project (TRESP) at the expense of the wave at Kirra which was drowned by an over supply of sand.
Now it will be up to the sand-pumping operation to attempt to return the Snapper Rocks wave before the Quiksilver Pro starts in February.
According to surf writer and Kirra Point Inc spokesperson Andrew McKinnon, the rumours of a move weren't correct. “The event is not being moved to Burleigh, it is still going ahead at Snapper Rocks,” Mr McKinnon said.
“TRESP is pumping sand behind Snapper Rocks and will continue to pump sand there to get the break back.”.
Gold Coast City Council also confirmed the event will go ahead at Snapper Rocks.