- 17 November 2009 | Surfing
A large gathering of surfing dignitaries from all over Australia enjoyed the official opening of Surfing Australia’s new headquarters at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. Formerly based in northern NSW at Casuarina Beach, Surfing Australia’s move to Coolangatta was motivated by the need to better position itself in a surf and business related area.
“This move strategically positions Surfing Australia in a more business orientated environment for our commercialisation process.” said Surfing Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark. “Nationally and Internationally the Gold Coast is recognized as surfing’s heartland” added Stark
“This year’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Men’s World Champion will be a Gold Coaster whether it be Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson and there’s every chance Gold Coast’s Stephanie Gilmore will successfully defend her ASP Women’s title as well and it’s essential that Surfing Australia is well established in this perfect business and cultural environment.”
Surfing Australia’s High Performance Training Centre will appropriately stay at the Casuarina Office utilising the wide variety of surf breaks on the Tweed Coastline along with the outstanding training facilities in the Casuarina Precinct while the head office in Coolangatta caters for the ten full time staff attached to Surfing Australia.
Surfing Australia Chairman Norm Innis, formerly Managing Director of Quiksilver Asia Pacific and then General Manager Quiksilver International through the 90’s and early 2000’s, officially opened the office on the office rooftop deck overlooking the perfect point breaks from Snapper Rocks through to Kirra.
“As part of our restructure of the Surfing Australia organization, the Board of Directors felt it was important for Surfing Australia to have a higher profile and be more easily accessible. The Gold Coast office in Coolangatta, next door to the ASP International office, is arguably placed at the epicenter of the Australian surfing world. To continue our High Performance Centre at Casuarina allows us the best of both worlds, and enables the organization as a whole to be well placed for our growth, as we continue to put new initiatives in place” said Norm Innis.