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Jeffreys Bay eyes World Surfing Reserve status

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JBay would join several locations in Australia as WSRs

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 July, 2015 - All eyes are on Jeffreys Bay as South Africa is about to become the nation's first World Surfing Reserve, or WSR. 

A local committee is forming to begin discussions with the community and launch the application process. The committee, guided by Andrew Short, will include representatives if Kouga Municipality, Jeffreys Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association (JBRA), JBU and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

“Key points in the criteria are quality and consistency of the waves, a place considered sacred by the international surfing community, and a history of recognition as a prime surf location by national and international surfers,” says Short.

“Jeffreys Bay ticks all the boxes.”

Garth Ford from the JBRA, said that JBay and surrounding areas will be given recognition and will be better managed and conserved with local involvement and participation.

“We would also like to prevent the removal of reef life from the rocks along Supertubes to Kabeljauws,in order for the reef to recover properly for permanent growth and perpetuity,” added Ford.

“The whole process will take up to one year.”

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