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For more than 40 years the Gold Coast of Australia has been a bedrock of professional surfing. It's produced more world champions than any other place on the planet, thanks to its ample supply of waves and talent that have made Coolangatta the epicenter of the Australian surf scene.

The Superbank at Snapper Rocks is the preeminent stage, supplying waves that allow surfers to showcase the highest caliber of performance surfing just yards away from thousands of cheering fans who are arguably the world's biggest surfing fans. There's no better venue to launch a world title battle.

EVENT WINDOW: March 10-21, 2016
LOCATION: Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia
COORDINATES: 28.1625° S, 153.5500° E
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta (OOL)

Cooly Character
A look at the culture and vibe of the Southern Gold Coast.

2015: Filipe Toledo (BRA)
2014: Gabriel Medina (BRA)
2013: Kelly Slater (USA)
2012: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2011: Kelly Slater (USA)
2010: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2009: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2008: Kelly Slater (USA)
2007: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2006: Kelly Slater (USA)
2005: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2004: Michael Lowe (AUS)
2003: Dean Morrison (AUS)
2002: Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Filipe Toledo (BRA) off the top and on the way to victory. Filipe Toledo's progressive style at last year's event on the Gold Coast saw him win his first CT event. WSL

2015: Carissa Moore (HAW)
2014: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2013: Tyler Wright (AUS)
2012: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2011: Carissa Moore (HAW)
2010: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2009: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2008: Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
2007: Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
2006: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
2005: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2004: Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
2003: Layne Beachley (AUS)
2002: Lynette MacKenzie (AUS)

Stephanie Gilmore into the final. Gilmore's victory at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast kicked off what ended up being her sixth World Title season. WSL / Kelly Cestari

THE WAVE: Snapper Rocks' custom-built sandbar offers up world-class waves. The result: Flawless righthand barrels with rippable walls and cozy water temps. The possibilities are endless and performance barriers are often shattered here. But watch who you're dropping in on. There's a good chance you could be snaking local boys Joel Parkinson or Mick Fanning.

APRÈS-SURF: Head to Cafe Dbar for a post-surf breakfast or lunch. Their food is top-notch and their roof deck has the best view in town. At night, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from, but be sure to get there early -- Cooly gets quiet by 10 p.m. For a rowdier type of night, head north to Surfer's Paradise, home of clubs, casinos and more.

Notable: Eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater, 2014 World Champ Gabriel Medina and last year's event winner Filipe Toledo are the only non-Australians to have won the event. All three of the so-called Cooly Kids -- Dean Morrison, Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning -- have taken home the Quik Pro trophy.

History is on the line for the women's comp. One more win at the Roxy Pro would put Gilmore in the record books. It would be her sixth win at Snapper -- an unprecedented achievement in both men's and women's competitions.

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