The Stewardship Plan
The stewardship plan for Noosa World Surfing Reserve is to unite all relevant community groups with the local surfing community in an ongoing endeavour to preserve and protect the surfing assets of Noosa, now officially identified as among the world’s best.
Our Association aims to play a leading role in facilitating discussion, planning and action to ensure that the voice of all beach users will be heard in determining the future of our points and beach breaks. This will include education and promotion of awareness of the fragility and value of our coastline.
Complete stewardship plan coming soon.
The problem with housing five of the world’s best point breaks within its borders is that the Noosa World Surfing Reserve regularly plays host to thousands of visiting surfers during the swell events that create the perfect waves that have become world famous. We can’t turn back the clock to those halcyon days when Noosa was a “secret break”, but we can promote a code of conduct that will make surfing here less dangerous and more enjoyable for all.
NWSR has identified two underlying causes of surf rage: ignorance of the basic rules of safe and respectful surfing in crowded conditions, and an ingrained localism that implies that people who live here have a greater right to enjoy our waves than others do. Since surfing has always been about the ongoing search for the perfect wave, this latter goes against the surfing ethos and the spirit of aloha. In many cases the first element here inflames the second, ie tempers rise in direct proportion to the number of unskilled beginners in the water. But the NWSR plans to put in place programs that will directly address each of these aspects.
The first of these is the distribution of signs and literature at all points of surfboard hire and/or surfing lessons. This literature will explain in a most basic way how a simple code of conduct in the surf can make the activity better for everyone, from absolute beginners to the most grizzled and highly competent veteran. It will describe the way the wave zones work, where to paddle out and when and where it is appropriate to paddle for a wave. The second is an ongoing communication through surfing associations and surf media of the absolute necessity to face the realities of crowded surf and learn to deal with it. In general terms, we would be asking the surfing community to work with us to create, by example, a more respectful and enjoyable surfing environment.
The Noosa World Surfing Reserve has devised a simple Surfer Code to reduce the chance of conflict and injury on our world class breaks. Follow the code and help:
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With the assistance of academics of the University of the Sunshine Coast, NWSR aims to make a convincing case of the value of our surfing assets and the benefits they bring to the entire community. While many people who don’t surf already appreciate the intrinsic value of our surf breaks, they may not understand the direct economic benefits that flow from keeping them among the world’s best.
Students will have the opportunity to study the science of surfing, including wave characteristics and tourism benefits, in a new geography subject being offered at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Using technology such as drones and GPS devices, students of Special Field Studies Topic (Geography of Surfing) will measure waves along the iconic Noosa point breaks that have been recognised as a World Surfing Reserve.
They will also conduct surveys to collect “surfonomics” information, including where surfers are coming from and how much money they spend locally, which will be used to help local businesses better understand the economic benefits of surfing.
Noosa World Surfing Reserve is excited to be supporting this project.