Saturday, 2 February 2013

Australia is seeing Surfing Reserves dedicated at a phenomenal rate as surfing communities galvanise behind the innovative program to formally recognise and protect iconic surfing breaks. South Australia is the latest surfing state to enshrine National Surfing Reserves. The three iconic Gold Coast southern points were recently declared NSR by the Governor of Queensland.

Of 23 identified sites in Australia, the latest formal dedications bring the total to 17, with two further dedications scheduled for 2013. The Victorian Minister for Environment will declare the Phillip Island NSR on March 16, while Black Rock (South Coast Pipe) at Jervis Bay will become the world’s first Indigenous Surfing Reserve. “I’m honoured to be working with NSR,” said Kelly Slater, NSR official Ambassador.

“The program, now in its eighth year of success, is expanding to surfing nations around the world in grassroots style and now includes two Surfing Reserves in Hawaii with several more in the pipeline from New Zealand to Indonesia,” said Brad Farmer, Chairman of NSR.

Daly Head National Surfing Reserve, the first NSR on the southern Australian coast, was dedicated before a crowd of 200 surfers on 12 January 2013 on the cliff top overlooking pumping surf. The dedication was the culmination of two years of effort by the local Daly Head NSR committee, head by Ed Satanek, to have this iconic site formally recognized, together with the rich history of surfing, which goes back to 1961.

Back then surfers drove the 5 hours from Adelaide in search of waves in this remote corner of the Yorke Peninsula. They found surf in abundance along this rocky and reef bound coast. This encouraged some to stay and work in the area forming the basic of today’s strong surfing community.

These surfers and their descendants now work to ensure the preservation of the Daly Head area for present and future surfers. Following the dedication over 500 surfers, family and friends gathered in a remote local woolshed full of surfing memorabilia, surf movies and surf art, and live bands for the biggest party ever seen on the peninsula, which was still going at dawn. The event is testament to the strong surfing community spirit forged in Australia, a legacy to be handed to future surfers.

On 19 January 2013 Point Sinclair NSR was dedicated, the second on the southern Australian coast. This remote reserve incorporates as series of reef and point breaks renowned for their consistent surf. It was ‘discovered’ by surfers in the early 1960’s, a number of whom gravitated to the area and set up camps. Today the area has more formal camping but no permanent development, a situation the locals want to maintain along with no competitions, no media and no jet skis. Point Sinclair is for pure surfing.


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