WSL Aus Partner with Bond Uni for Higher Education

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COOLANGATTA, QLD / AUS (Thursday, October 10, 2019) –  World Surf League Australia / Oceania is excited to announce that it will be forming a new partnership with Queensland’s Bond University from the beginning of 2020. The new two-year deal (2020 – 2021) will see Bond act as the Official Higher Education Partner of the World Surf League Australia and will play as an authentic alignment with Bond’s key markets for international students and our global audience.

It will be the first time the World Surf League Australia partners with a Higher Education organisation. The deal is set to benefit both organisations with Bond students given the opportunity to gain industry placements and internships within the WSL across a range of disciplines working with our local and international teams. The caliber of students that Bond educates will help to provide energy and innovation to our world-class events and content platforms.

“Partnering with Bond University is a great natural alignment for WSL,” said WSL Asia Pacific General Manager Andrew Stark. “Bond University sits on the doorstep of arguably one of the world’s most desirable surfing locations and has a strong lineage of producing high achieving and driven students.”

We hope that through this new partnership we will offer Bond students some quality learning opportunities and likewise, we welcome their fresh ideas to our local and global team.”

“Working together we can help foster the next generation of talent both in and out of the water.”

Pictured: 2015 WSL World Longboard Champion Rachael Tilly (USA) studies a Bachelor of Sports Management at Bond University while competing at WSL events around the world. Rachael is thrilled about the new potential for industry placements and internships for students from Bond with the WSL. Credit: © WSL /  Tom Bennett

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said the partnership formed part of the university’s unique Beyond Bond program that embeds students in their chosen industry to produce job-ready graduates.

“This puts our students at the pinnacle of one of the world’s fastest-growing sports segments,” Brailsford said.

Bond University offers multiple degrees that have synergies with WSL Australia and the wider surf industry, including Sports Management, Sports Science, Marketing and Film and Television.”

“We look forward to working with this innovative sports body, beginning with our home WSL event at Snapper Rocks next year.”

About the WSL

The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation, and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Steven Sawyer, Soleil Errico, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.

About Bond University

Bond University is Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university on Australia’s Gold Coast, home to internationally renowned surf breaks including Snapper Rocks, Kirra, and Duranbah.

Bond University has a strong focus on employability, underpinned by its personalised approach to learning which includes dedicated career guidance through its various professional development and community engagement programs. Its small class sizes and high teacher-to-student ratio means it is consistently ranked as the No.1 Australian university for student experience.

This year Bond is celebrating its 30th anniversary, with more than 4000 students from around the globe in a picturesque lakeside campus designed by 2019 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Arata Isozaki.

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