NOOSA SET TO BECOME THE 10TH WORLD SURFING RESERVE
Noosa will be dedicated as the 10th World Surfing Reserve on Friday, 21 February, becoming only the third Australian surfing destination to be so honoured.
In a statement from World Surfing Reserves headquarters in Davenport, California, chief executive Nik Strong-Cvetich said: “For decades Noosa has been a leader in both surf and conservation culture in Australia and worldwide. Its series of righthand pointbreaks, protected by the Noosa National Park and adorned by some of the last remaining stands of lowland coastal rainforest, makes it a surfers’ and nature-lovers’ dreamland. Noosa serves as a model of how we protect what we love, while safeguarding our environment for future generations. Noosa joins the network of WSRs around the world as a shining example of how to do it right.”
Mr Strong-Cvetich and his executive team will join surfers, surfing administrators, environmentalists and philanthropists from around the world in Noosa for the dedication ceremony and celebration of more than six years of campaigning by the Noosa Local Stewardship Council, first to have Noosa declared a National Surfing Reserve and now the ultimate accolade. Surfers attending will include 7x world champion Layne Beachley and Noosa WSR ambassadors Jordan Mercer, Josh Constable and Dean Brady.
Said Local Stewardship Council president Phil Jarratt: “We’re delighted and humbled on behalf of all who have fought to protect Noosa’s coastal environment for decades to be joining the family of World Surfing Reserves, but the dedication marks the beginning, not the end of our efforts. Our stewardship pledge is to bring the entire surfing community together to share, respect and preserve the invaluable assets of our world class surf breaks. To this end we will be unveiling an ongoing series of initiatives to research, develop and promote the sustainability of our Noosa World Surfing Reserve.”
The official dedication will be held in the Noosa National Park, followed by a public celebration from 3pm at the Noosa Festival of Surfing site at Main Beach, with surfing exhibitions, live music, and food and beverages available at the Festival Beach Bar.