World Surf Reserve dedication ceremony

8 March 2016

The Gold Coast’s southern beach breaks are now officially among the world’s best, gaining international recognition as the 8th World Surfing Reserve (WSR).

International surfing identities joined state and city leaders at Coolangatta’s Point Danger Park this morning to officially dedicate the Gold Coast as a World Surfing Reserve.

Mayor Tom Tate said the new status would further advance our enviable reputation as a premier tourist destination and ocean lifestyle community.

“The 16 kilometre stretch from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks including the famous ‘Super Bank’ has long been recognised by all board riders for world class waves,” Cr Tate said.

“We recognise that our beautiful beaches are one of our most precious natural assets for residents and visitors alike as well as being a major natural economic asset.

“That is why the City has developed a number of plans and strategies to deliver strategic solutions through a coordinated approach to managing our ocean beaches.

“One noticeable outcome from the Ocean Beaches Strategy 2013-2023 was the investment to reinstate Kirra Point groyne to its original constructed length, which has improved recreational surfing.

“The City also launched the Surf Management Plan, a first for any Council in Australia, as well as representing the first time anywhere in the world a local government has formally recognised the importance of the surf amenity to the local community.”

Cr Tate said the coordinated approach would ensure that the Gold Coast’s ocean beaches were enhanced for generations to come.

The announcement was made from London’s House of Commons during a four-day Global Wave Conference attended by leading international surf and environmental academics in October last year.                  

The Gold Coast was up against Noosa and Brazil’s Guarda do Embáo beach near Florianopolis.

Save The Waves Coalition Executive Director Nik Strong-Cvetich said the World Surfing Reserve, a program of Save The Waves, was a way to identify some of the world’s best beaches and surf breaks.

“Each applicant was highly unique, however the Gold Coast’s combination of perfect point breaks and world champions was a deciding factor in winning the approval for 2016,” he said.

“The Gold Coast has taken the lead on surf amenity management through its Surf Management Plan.

“All these factors make it worthy of World Surfing Reserve status.”

The Gold Coast is now amongst the ranks of Malibu and Santa Cruz in California, Ericeira in Portugal, Manly Beach in NSW, Huanchaco in Peru, Bahio Todos Santos, Baja California in Mexico and Punta de Lobo in Chile


World Surf Reserve dedication ceremony photo