SIXTEEN kilometres of stunning coastline were officially dedicated as the eighth World Surfing Reserve by the Save the Waves Coalition this week, cementing the Gold Coast’s position as the home of Australian surfing.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter said “This dedication will not only elevate the global profile of the Southern Gold Coast’s breaks, it will also provide the foundations to preserve the area by bringing their environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas to the forefront”.
Mr Winter said Australia was blessed to have such a spectacular coastline.
“I’d argue that nowhere is Australia’s iconic surf culture celebrated like it is on the Gold Coast. Our beach lifestyle is an intrinsic part of our cultural identity and defines the way we connect with each other and our city.
“Our world-class breaks have paved the way for world-champion surfers including Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore, all of whom are passionate advocates for their hometown.
“Whether you’re surfing pro or simply like to admire from a distance, I invite all Australians to celebrate the newest World Surfing Reserve during the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, which will kick off this week,” Mr Winter said.
The Gold Coast joins a prestigious network of seven other World Surfing Reserves across the world, including Manly NSW and others in South and North America and Europe.
“From the beginning, it was clear there was a tremendous amount of community support for the Gold Coast to become a World Surfing Reserve — an important selection criteria for the World Surfing Reserve governing body,” notes Nik Strong-Cvetich, Save The Waves Coalition’s executive director.
“Through the strong community support, the Gold Coast WSR has already been named as the top advisory group to City Council on all coastal matters, which is an important role to safeguard Gold Coast’s coastal resources.”
About World Surfing Reserves
World Surfing Reserves, a program of California-based Save The Waves, proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world. The program serves as a global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas by recognising and protecting the key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas.
This program has established and will support a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Local Stewardship Council to identify and solve issues throughout the designated area such as how to deal with overcrowding issues, determine the economic impact of surfing on the Gold Coast economy, and protect Gold Coast surfing resources from harmful policy decisions.
Photo: A young surfer takes to the waves at Snapper Rocks, part of the eighth World Surfing Reserve.