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Snapper crowds push calls for surf management

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Gold Coast Surfing Council requesting surf management

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 March, 2014 - The Australian media picked up on the swelling crowds at Snapper Rocks during the Quiksilver Pro, getting quotes from Kelly Slater on just how dangerous they think the break is. “The crowds here are like nothing I’ve ever seen in the world when you’re surfing,’’ Slater told the Gold Coast Bulletin. “It’s really, really tough for one person to get space in the water and it’s mostly not fun.’’

On the heels of the Quik event and the Gold Coast Bulletin story, Brad Farmer and Surf Council have called for a surf management plan, stating that "Gold Coast surfing beaches require the full attention of state and local government and the implementation of a Surf Management Plan (SMP) was now an ‘urgency rather than a than an objective." 

Mr Slater commented last year that a SMP was “logical” to manage the surfing amenity of the world’s foremost surf city. The GCSC was established in 2012 to provide a voice and platform for recreational surfers in decisions that impact on the Gold Coast surfing amenity.
“Clearly the vast majority of surfers and people who recreate on Gold Coast beaches are seeking the state government and the Gold Coast City Council to expedite in a bipartisan manner a SMP, which was approved my GCCC over 12 months ago as part of the Ocean Beaches Strategy,” Brad Farmer, vice president of the Surf Council said today on the Gold Coast.
The Plan has yet to be developed or delivered in consultation with stakeholders by Council. Dan Ware, President of the GCSC also called for the GCCC to escalate a SMP to ensure the increasing numbers  of ‘issues’ and surfers using the beaches were addressed.
“This may require legislation or forms of ‘regulation’ which would go some way to address the frustration many surfers are currently expressing across the city and across the world about the Gold Coast situation,” Mr Farmer said.  He is also the founder of Surfrider Foundation Australia and National Surfing Reserves.

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