Chosen for its high quality waves, distinct environmental characteristics, surf history and community support, the Noosa World Surfing Reserve is an exemplary coastal community dedicated to the preservation of their coastal and surfing resources.

Why Huanchaco?

Huanchaco is known as a destination in Peru for its consistent, clean surf and ancient pre-Colombian history as a seafaring town. The strong ocean culture of Huanchaco is also credited with being the birthplace of Peru’s “caballito de totora” – one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts used to ply the waves for both work and pleasure.

“I am excited and very pleased that Huanchaco has achieved World Surfing Reserve status.  Huanchaco has a wave-riding tradition that dates back thousands of years. I commend World Surfing Reserves and all Peruvians for moving to preserve and protect this unique and historical beach,” said Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion, who continues to be a prominent ambassador and elder statesman for Peruvian surfing culture.

In addition to its significant cultural heritage, the hardworking fishermen of Huanchaco and the strong local and national community support also add to its qualifications as a World Surfing Reserve. Diverse committees of local, national and international surf clubs and NGOs are working together with individual community leaders here to guarantee the successful management of the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve.

Attributes of a World Surfing Reserve

“Noosa more than deserves this honour of becoming the 10th World Surfing Reserve. The combination of diverse point breaks within a protected natural area, and the importance of surfing in the cultural fabric of the town made it an outstanding candidate as a WSR.”

-Nik Strong-Cveitch, STW Executive Director


Phil Jarratt (Chair) – Founder, Noosa Festival of Surfing

Cr Jess GlasgowNoosa Shire Council

Alison Hamblin Noosa Shire Council

Drew Pearson Tourism Noosa Director

Juanita BloomfieldTourism Noosa management

Omar Bakhach – Qld Parks and Wildlife Service head ranger

Chris Doney
 Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club

Di Cuddihy Noosa Malibu Club

Libby Winter Noosa Parks Association

Matt Horder Queensland Sport and Recreation Services



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