Sixteen kilometres of stunning coastline were officially dedicated as the eighth World Surfing Reserve by the Save the Waves Coalition this morning, cementing the Gold Coast’s position as the home of Australian surfing.
A young surfer takes to the waves at Snapper Rocks, part of the eighth World Surfing Reserve.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter said “today’s 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”.
Martin said that we are blessed to have such a spectacular coastline on our front doorstep. “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 come celebrate the newest World Surfing Reserve during the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, which will kick off this week,” Martin added.
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 that 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 (WSR) 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,” Nik added.