Photo Opportunity: Boardriders unite for Surfing the Spectrum

Thursday 22 June, 2023.



Time: 3 pm — 3:30 pm

Date: Thursday 22 June, 2023

Where: Kirra foreshore, adjacent to Kirra Pavillion, Gold Coast.


In Attendance: Councillor Gail O’Neill, Palm Beach Boardriders President Murray Scott, Surfing the Spectrum coach and Burleigh Boardriders vice president Byron Hoskins, Poetry In Motion co-founder and Flotsam Festival representative Simon Saffigna, Burleigh Boardriders and Flotsam Festival team members.


What: Surf therapy group Surfing the Spectrum will be presented a cheque with proceeds of a photographic art piece auctioned during the Poetry In Motion event during Flotsam Festival.


Poetry In Motion celebrated two of the Gold Coast’s iconic surfers – Michael Peterson and Joel Parkinson – with a live score, archival footage and spoken word film event held at Southern Cross University campus theatre. During the event an auction of signed prints raised funds for Surfing the Spectrum and the junior development divisions of all six southern Gold Coast board riders clubs: D’Bah, Snapper, Kirra, Alley, Palm Beach and Burleigh. Surfing the Spectrum is a not-for-profit Surf Therapy initiative working to positively impact the lives of Autistic youth and their families providing free surf therapy events.

Poetry In Motion was made possible thanks to the support of the following sponsors.

Foundation Partner: City of Gold Coast

Gold: Live Event Logistics, Ocean Plaza Resort, Marc Neumann

Silver: Rainbow Bay Realty, S&S Group

Bronze: Coolangatta Surf Club, Billabong, JS Industries, Harrison & Harrison

Special Thanks To:

Cr Gail O’Neil, Southern Cross University, Laura Gerber MP, the Peterson and Parkinson families, Allstate Partners, Bewick Boards, Matt Bozina Art, Hammo Surfboards, Studio Pilates, The Surfboard Agency, Ghanda, Dick Hoole, Simon Williams.

 Flotsam Festival is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.




About Flotsam Arts

Flotsam Festival is a multi-site film and photography celebration inspired by surf culture. The third annual Flotsam Festival will run from Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 12th May, 2024. Flotsam Festival is presented by Flotsam Arts Inc., a not for profit association formed to create pivotal events that showcase the Gold Coast’s iconic surf culture through photo and film, and to create opportunities for photographic artists to extend their practice through mentorships, workshops and exhibition opportunities.

Flotsam Festival is supported by the City of Gold Coast, Experience Gold Coast, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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