Years of activism and environmental efforts celebrated
Noosa, Aus. (Feb 21, 2020) On Friday, February 21, Australia’s famous Noosa pointbreaks were officially dedicated as the 10th World Surfing Reserve.
Coinciding with the Noosa Festival of Surf and the WSL Longboard contest, the three-day celebration was the culmination of years of work building the Local Stewardship Council, completing a Stewardship Plan and finalizing an economic study of the area.
Noosa has long been out in front of the world when it comes to conservation, with the forethought to protect the stunning Noosa Headlands and amazing pointbreaks through the establishment of the Noosa National Park.
“For us, Noosa has always been a leader to demonstrate to the world how to proactively protect surf ecosystems, and critical coastal habitat in a way that benefits local people and the economy. In many ways the World Surfing Reserve helps to extend that message of conservation to other surf communities around the world,” said Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director of Save The Waves Coalition, parent organization to the World Surfing Reserves program.
Working together with the Save The Waves staff, the Local Stewardship Council (LSC) has put together a detailed plan of action, called the ‘Stewardship Plan’, to further support conservation of Noosa’s waves and coastline. It’s aimed to define and implement several initiatives to promote safety and reduce the impacts of surf tourism, manage erosion, and help improve the water quality and biodiversity of the Noosa River.
“It is a huge honor to be the 10th World Surfing Reserve and privilege to serve alongside a hardworking Local Stewardship Council ,” said Noosa WSR president Phil Jarratt. “We know this honor marks additional protection of one of Australia’s and the world’s most iconic surfing ecosystems, but in many ways this dedication ceremony is only the beginning of the work.”
The Noosa World Surfing Reserve, from North Sunshine Beach to Noosa River, is the third WSR in Australia, following Gold Coast and Manly Beach, and joins the prestigious ranks of other globally recognized surf breaks such as Punta de Lobos, Ericeira and Santa Cruz.
Over 200 people in attendance for momentous dedication. Save The Waves and the LSC were also joined by Former Longboard World Champion and Noosa WSR Ambassador Josh Constable, Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington, 7x World Champion and Surfing Australia President Layne Beachly, Pro Surfer and Surf Journalist Devon Howard, CEO of Queensland Adam Yates, Shaper and Professor Tom Wegener, and many others from around the world.
For more information on the Noosa World Surfing Reserve click here.
Lauren Parrino, Communication Manager