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Rock to Rock Paddle for WSR 


Kiani Dobbyn (15) and Pacha Light (14), are taking on a personal challenge to raise awareness about the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve proposal by leading a paddle attempt from Snapper Rocks to Burleigh Headland on International Surfing Day, June 20th. Pacha says, ‘We love surfing and we love these world class breaks. We want to get to know them even better, inspire others to know and love them and work together to protect them for future generations’. ‘We came up with the idea one morning after catching a long wave on the world famous super bank from Snapper to Kirra. We looked down the coastline toward Surfers Paradise and wondered if any Grom had ever paddled from Snapper Rocks to Burleigh. We do a lot of paddle training in the PBC school surfing excellence program and wondered if we would be up to it.’

‘Then we thought about how special and unique this place is – all those breaks forming millions of years ago when Mt Warning erupted and now creating such perfect conditions for the most enjoyable sport on the planet (in our opinion!). Having travelled to many other surf breaks around the world – from Bali, to Ecuador, Japan and Europe, we know that the Gold Coast surf is one in a million! We know how lucky we are to live here – it’s a purely magical coastline that we want to see protected from future destructive developments like cruise ship terminals, marinas or casinos.’

‘As surfers we feel connected to the beautiful nature around us – the dolphins, turtles, whales and sharks and we are in awe of the ever changing beauty of the ocean itself. We want to get to know our backyard even better and invite other young surfers to join in – after all, we are the ones who will need to look after this place for

the future.’

See video of the paddle here:


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