What is a World Surfing Reserve you may ask?
The “World Surfing Reserves” is a program of Save The Waves and it proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world.
It does this by protecting the key environmental, cultural, and economic and community attributes of surfing areas.
In October, the Gold Coast’s perfect point breaks became the 8th World Surfing Reserve (WSR) and joined Malibu, California; Ericeira, Portugal; Manly Beach, Australia; Santa Cruz, California; Huanchaco, Peru; Bahia Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico and Punta de Lobos, Chile.
The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve spans from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks, approximately 16 kilometres and includes the “Super Bank” consisting of Kirra, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay and of course Snapper, home of the WSL Quiksilver Pro.
The Gold Coast application was the culmination of a lot of hard work from local and regional advocates in particular Chairman Andrew McKinnon, with the help of former world champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, who spent countless hours with local and state politicians to gain their commitment.
Ultimately this decision will help preserve the Gold Coast’s world-renowned beaches and surrounding environment for us and future generations to enjoy and produce more world surfing champions like Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Steph Gilmore.
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