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The Gold Coast surf industry contributes $3.3 billion to the city's economy annually and employs an estimated 21,000 people. The City works to attract and develop surf-related businesses through mentoring programs, grants, incentives and support towards international trade missions.

The Gold Coast surf industry is a significant contributor to the local economy. The industry is incredibly diverse including surfboard shaping, clothing and hardware design, surf schools, educators and surf media.

Surf businesses create local employment for a number of high-skill occupations including graphic designers, journalists, web designers, legal and finance professionals. This is in addition to the world class shapers and surf coaches that can be found on the Gold Coast.

Numerous surf businesses and organisations are headquartered on the Gold Coast some of which include:

  • Surfing Australia
  • Surfing Queensland
  • The Australasian HQ for the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals)
  • Billabong
  • Rhythm 
  • Surfstitch 
  • Body Science (not purely surf related but do provide products to surf market) 


The Gold Coast is home to many iconic surf board shapers who help to mould the Gold Coast as a leading Surf City. You can view our shapers via this link - or


The Gold Coast is also home to various Surf Schools who provide experiences for beginners through to advanced on the beaches of the Gold Coast. These include:

  • Walkin on Water
  • Go Ride A Wave
  • Broadbeach Surf School
  • Godfathers of the Ocean Surf School
  • Surfing Services Australia
  • Gold Coast Surf Academy
  • 1st Wave Surfschool
  • Sunshine State Surfing School
  • Cheyne Horan School Of Surf
  • Get Wet Surf School

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