After months of very little surfing action on Noosa’s fabled points, the Coral Sea has suddenly come alive with swell potential, just in time for the celebration as Noosa is declared the 10th World Surfing Reserve.
Noosa will be declared a World Surfing Reserve on Friday, 21 February, becoming only the third Australian surfing destination to be so honoured, but surfing royalty from around the world is expected to start arriving about a week before, particularly now as long-range satellite forecasts point to excellent surf.
The official dedication will be held at the surf reserve cairn near the gates of Noosa National Park, with more than 100 surfers, surf legends and champions, environmentalists and dignitaries attending the ceremony, followed by a public celebration from 3pm at the Noosa Festival of Surfing site at Main Beach, with surfing exhibitions, featuring World Surf League world champions past and present, including seven-times world champion Layne Beachley, and Reserve ambassadors Jordan Mercer, Josh Constable and Dean Brady.
From 4pm the festival village on the sand will come alive with live music, and food and beverages available at the Eco Brewing Co Beach Bar. The World Surfing Reserve celebration will lead seamlessly into the opening ceremony of the 29th Noosa Festival of Surfing, with ceremonial sunset paddle-out and a Welcome To Country.
Behind the scenes during dedication week, a large delegation from California-based World Surfing Reserves, its parent organisation Save The Waves Coalition, and the Founders’ Circle of global philanthropists whose funding has helped protect endangered surf breaks around the world, will be thrashing out the elements of the Noosa Reserve’s ongoing programs with the Local Stewardship Council. Other special guests will include representatives of other World Surfing Reserves from the Gold Coast to Brazil and beyond.
Said Stewardship Council president Phil Jarratt: “Our guests are definitely coming for the surf and the party, but there’s also a more serious agenda, and we’re honoured to have in Noosa for this occasion so many of the leading lights of surfing sustainability from around the world.”
World Surfing Reserves and Save The Waves chief executive Nik Strong-Cvetich said: “For decades Noosa has been a leader in both surf and conservation culture in Australia and worldwide, and now it deservedly joins the network of WSRs around the world as a shining example of how to do it right.”
Noosa World Surfing Reserve ambassador Dean Brady deep in a classic Noosa barrel somewhere east of Boiling Pot. Photo Nathan Tyack.
Frequent Noosa visitor Layne Beachley hard at work at First Point.
Noosa World Surfing Reserve is proudly supported by GemLife Resorts, Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, Noosa Shire Council, Tourism Noosa, Accom Noosa and Fuyu Surfboards.