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Noosa celebrates 10 years of National Surfing Reserve

Brad Farmer & Craig Holmes, National Surfing Reserves
Brad Farmer & Andy Short © Craig Holmes




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Noosa is one the most beautiful surf locations in the world

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 March, 2015 - Noosa Heads - Heralded as the world’s most successful and sharpest tool for surf break recognition and protection, National Surfing Reserves has celebrated 10 years of iconic enshrinements of many treasured waves around the Australian coastline. The spirit of Aloha is being celebrated with the official dedication of Noosa as Australia’s 19th NSR. Including two Hawaiian Surfing Reserves, there are now 21 NSR on the elite honour roll.

NSR Australia which gave birth to World Surfing Reserves (WSR) in 2009 has Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson as its Australian Ambassadors. A widely acclaimed and award winning program, National Surfing Reserves is now winding up in Australia with almost 20 sites under its belt and growing uptake to engage the initiative in other surfing nations.

The final NSR in Australia will be with the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community at South Coast Pipe in NSW and will be the world’s first ‘Indigenous Surfing Reserve’. Surfing luminaries and world champions, including those who first surfed Noosa in 1957, gathered on the shores of the Noosa National Park on the weekend to unveil the latest NSR in a ceremony to also launch the 24th Noosa Surfing Festival.

The Noosa NSR monument bears the name of the new Queensland Minister for National Parks, Dr Steve Miles who joins other national and state Ministers and MP’s endorsing the program.  NSR Noosa was chaired by Noosa local and famed surfing writer Phil Jarratt who joined NSR founder and patron Brad Farmer at the ceremony along with Professor -Andy Short OAM, co-founder.

Noosa is arguably one the most beautiful surfing locations in the world with perfect point breaks fringed by a massive National Park headland.  The Noosa NSR zone makes it also one of the largest Surfing Reserves recognised anywhere in the world. To commemorate the occasion, a special book has been published by Phil Jarratt and the Noosa NSR team, ‘A Cup of Tea with God’ which is how one pioneer surfer described the experience of surfing this fabled location.

National Surfing Reserves are 'iconic' places of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value to a nation. NSR embrace all peoples to enjoy, understand and protect special coastal environments of universal value to the surfing world.


Phil Jarratt

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