Portuguese President Catches Wave of Ericeira World Surfing Reserve
Ericeira World Surfing Reserve Set for Official Dedication on Friday, October 14th, 2011
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 October, 2011 : - - President Aníbal Cavaco Silva of Portugal released a statement endorsing the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve, which will be officially dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve on the European continent on October 14th, 2011.
He acknowledged the significance of preserving the surfing coastline for not only the thousands of Portuguese surfers, but also for the vitality of Portugals economy, the health of the coastal and marine environment, and maintaining a high quality of life for residents.
When we talk of surfing at our beaches, we are talking about much more than a sport: we are evoking a lifestyle and a relationship with the sea that is very Portuguese, a relationship that is natural and ancestral, President Silva states. The designation of Ericeira as a World Surfing Reserve should serve as an example to stimulate everyone to aspire to a more environmentally healthy country with an excellent standard of living. *
The Ericeira coastline will officially be dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve on October 14th, 2011. The dedication ceremony will honor Ericeiras unique surf history, culture, and environment.This ceremony will include a sunrise paddle out at Ribeira d'Ilhas followed by the official dedication event at the Parque de Santa Marta in Ericeira. More details about the dedication schedule and the events special touches will be made available in the next couple of days at worldsurfingreserves.org.
The Ericeira area of Portugal is a treasure for Portuguese and international surfers alike. The approved Ericeira surf zone consists of 4 km (2.5 miles) of coastline, containing seven quality surf breaks, including Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira dIlhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos, and São Lourenço.
The Ericeira World Surfing Reserve has also been officially acknowledged in the Portuguese National Assembly. Hélder Sousa Silva, an Assembly Member and previous Councilmember of the Mafra Municipality, issued a political declaration recognizing the value of the surfing coastline and illustrating the positive contributions that surfing brings to the Portuguese economy. The surf industry represents a significant portion of national employment and revenue, from the production and exportation of products such as surfboards, clothing, and accessories, to the service and tourism industry including hotels, restaurants, and surf schools.
The formal recognition of the value of the Ericeira surfing coastline from Portuguese dignitaries is directly in line with the goals of World Surfing Reserves, said Will Henry, founder of Save The Waves and member of the World Surfing Reserves Vision Council. This awareness must then be met with the long-term commitment to coastal and marine protection and the active stewardship of Ericeiras remarkable surfing resources.
October is an epic month for surfing in Portugal with the Dedication Ceremony of the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve on October 14th, which will be immediately followed by the Association of Professional Surfers (ASP) World Tour in Peniche for the third year in a row. The 2011 Rip Curl Pro Peniche, Portugal, will again be staged at the mythical Portuguese beachbreak known as Supertubos, from October 15th to the 24th.
* This is not an official translation.
About World Surfing Reserves
World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates, and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. WSR is an initiative launched by Save The Waves Coalition in 2009 in conjunction with National Surfing Reserves - Australia, and through additional partnerships with the International Surfing Association (ISA) and Stanford Universitys Center for Responsible Travel (CREST).
More information: www.worldsurfingreserves.org
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