MasterChef and Hollywood star back 2023 Gold Coast Open Presented by Cocobella

Published on 17/02/2023

Aussie actor, Travis Fimmel, has teamed up with MasterChef winner-turned-judge and restauranteur, Andy Allen to launch a ‘sessionable’ low carb mid-strength beer – Travla – to quench this big country’s thirst.

Proudly partnering with Surfing Queensland’s first event of 2023, the Gold Coast Open presented by Cocobella, the new Travla Mid-strength Lager (3.5% ABV and only 89 calories per can) reflects the adventurous can-do Aussie spirit.

Travla Founder Travis Fimmel said that Travla reflects Aussies’ collective desire to get out and experience the world and for surfers, there’s no one who would travel further for the perfect wave.

“Australia has the best backyard in the world. So we want our beer to back those who get out and explore it!” Fimmel said. “I can’t wait to get to Burleigh and soak up the sun and waves and I invite all of the Gold Coast to come to the Travla beach bar to view the action with us.”

Co-Founder Andy Allen added the mid-strength beer category is a fast-growing market, driven by consumer demand for more moderate alcohol volume and lower carb and calorie counts.

“If you love a beer but you still want to be able to wake up the next day and hit the waves or do whatever you fancy, mid-strength is for you,“ Allen said.

“In the past, low carb meant low flavour, so our mission was to create a beer that’s better for you, and actually tastes bloody good. So we hope the Burleigh locals will come and find us and agree!” 

The big names behind this new brew

Travis Fimmel: Best known for his role in Vikings, Danger Close and most recently Black Snow, Travis has spent nearly two decades turning heads as an actor. A humble and proud Australian he has never strayed far from his Country roots.

Andy Allen: Andy is an accomplished Australian chef widely known for winning the fourth season of MasterChef Australia in 2012. He has been a judge on the popular program since 2020. Andy’s successful hospitality industry career includes co-owning Three Blue Ducks, which has numerous restaurant locations around Australia.

Australia, meet your new favourite lager at the 2023 Gold Coast Open presented by Cocobella at Burleigh Heads.

The pop-up beach bar is open all weekend with $5 ice cold cans or 4 for $20 and a free Travla stubby cooler.

The 2023 Gold Coast Open presented by Cocobella is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

The 2023 Gold Coast Open Presented by Cocobella is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast, Cocobella, Blackroll, Travla, Southern Cross University, SeaFM, QMS Media and Jettech. 


  • The three day event (17 – 19 February) is a renowned event for the region and is much more than a surfing competition. The event will include sunrise yoga sessions by Blackroll, food trucks, free concert (Friday 17 & Saturday 18 Feb), pop-up beach bar stocked with Travla beer, and much more. 


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