VERY POPULAR BREAK: A surfer heads for cover as First Point at Noosa delivers the goods.
VERY POPULAR BREAK: A surfer heads for cover as First Point at Noosa delivers the goods. Geoff Potter

Noosa gets a break, named a National Surfing Reserve

WHEN veteran Noosa based-surfer Phil Jarratt recalls gliding down glassy six to eight-foot waves near First Point at Laguna Bay one Christmas Day with a handful of surfers, it becomes obvious why Noosa has been named a National Surfing Reserve.

It is an accolade that Tourism Noosa general manager Damien Massingham calls the perfect fit for an area that also holds international biosphere-reserve status.

Noosa has become one of only a handful of reserves, named alongside Manly, Margaret River and Phillip Island.

The good vibration also went viral after Coolum-based international surfing champion Julian Wilson blogged on the surfing website STAB the reasons Noosa is one of "the world's best cities for surfers".

Wilson named his choice of places to drink, breakfast, sleep and surf, but it was the surfing town's ability to meet the reserve judging criteria as an iconic place of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value that achieved the National Surfing Reserve status.

The nomination was praised by National Surfing Reserve Board chairman Professor Andrew Short, who said the submission encapsulated what made "Noosa and its surf so outstanding".

As chairman of the Noosa National Surfing Reserve committee, Mr Jarrett said the primary purpose of the reserve was recognition of world-class breaks and local surf heritage as a means of protecting for the future.

He said the reserve was positioned between the Noosa River mouth and north Sunshine Beach and included all of Noosa's iconic point breaks around the national park.

The nomination for reserve status was developed by various beach-user groups, community organisations and stakeholders including the Noosa Malibu Club, Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, Noosa Boardriders, Noosa Shire Council, Noosa Parks Association and Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.



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