Chosen for it 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.
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
The Noosa World Surfing Reserve includes five world class point breaks and three consistent beach breaks, o ering quality surf in variable conditions. Although the area does experience swell ‘droughts’, particularly in late winter/early spring, it is rare for there to be no rideable waves. North Sunshine, open to south swells, offers protection from summer north easterlies, while Noosa West’s consistently good sand banks offer fun waves in southerly wind conditions when the points are too small to break. Alexandria Bay, a short beach at the north-eastern-most point of the Noosa headland, is a swell magnet that breaks when nowhere else does.
Noosa’s five rock and sand-based point breaks o er a variety of waves to suit all skill sets, from learners to experts. First Point, the closest to town, is a deceptive set-up in that it can present friendly peelers most of the year, then dredging low tide sand barrels during Coral Sea swells. Likewise Johnsons (or Little Cove) is perfect for learners much of the time but can also be the most hollow of Noosa’s waves. National Park, from pitching Boiling Pot through to Car Parks, is a serious high quality wave, while the outer bays of Tea Tree and Granite pick up more swell and offer long, perfect rides.
While Noosa’s points are most consistent during cyclone season (December to May), southern- generated swells can swing just easterly enough to produce quality waves at any time of year. Noosa enjoys approximately 280-300 days of rideable surf per year.
“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 Glasgow – Noosa Shire Council
Alison Hamblin – Noosa Shire Council
Drew Pearson – Tourism Noosa Director
Juanita Bloomfield – Tourism 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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On Friday, February 21, Australia’s famous Noosa pointbreaks were officially dedicated as the 10th World Surfing Reserve.