A man will face court today charged over the serious assault of a woman in Tweed Heads overnight. Media reports have identified the victim as women’s world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore.

About 9.30pm a 22-year-old woman was walking to a set of stairs leading to her unit on Hill Street when she was attacked by a man wielding a metal pole.

The man struck the woman twice with the pole before fleeing the area on a pushbike.

The woman received a laceration to the back of the head, a fractured wrist and lacerations to her hand. She was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment.

Sometime later it is alleged the man returned to the woman’s unit complex where he was seen by friends and neighbours of the victim.

They managed to detain the man until the arrival of police who arrested him.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with numerous offences including wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and a warrant.

He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.