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Andrew McKinnon

Andrew McKinnon
Chairman, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc

Andrew Mckinnon started surfing 1962 at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. Won his first event the Qld State Cadet Title in 1967 and was invited to join the prestigious Windansea Surf Club at Surfers Paradise. He won back to back Qld State Junior titles at Coolangatta in 1970-71 then won his first National Schoolastic title in 71. Represented Australia in the 1972 World titles where he finished 6th in the World open division. In 1988 he won his first World Longboards title at Puerto Rico. Surfing has played a huge part in his life where he has surf reported for SEAFM radio and GOLDFM for 28 years and continues to be a weekly colunnist for Tweed Daily News since 1992 (25years) He was inspired by Felipe Pomar to campaign for a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve. Pomar is the Peruvian Ambassador for Huanchaco the 5th WSR. Together with support from the Qld State Government and City of Gold Coast and many supporters and various groups that Mckinnon was part of to create Gold Coast World Surf Reserve In campaigned successfully to win endorsement for Gold Coast to be granted the 7th WSR in 2016. The International Surfing Symposium was a natural step forward to create awareness of ocean conservation and bring together with world champion surfers and academics to address future issues facing this hugely popular sport and lifestyle.