The Coast surf spot named one of 10 best on the planet
N OOSA's renowned iconic point breaks have won recognition as a World Surfing Reserve, a status granted to only nine other surf spots on the planet.
The recognition bestowed by the World Surfing Reserve, a division of the Save the Waves Coalition, 'identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world, serving as a
global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas by recognizing and protecting the key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes'.
To be officially announced at a formal gathering at the Noosa National Park today the designation follows earlier applications by the Noosa National Surfing Reserve committee in 2015 and 2016.
Phil Jarratt who has helped drive the application supported by Noosa Parks Association, Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa, said he was extremely happy by the decision.
He said the process had taken four years and endured a couple of disappointments.
Ironically Mr Jarratt said it was not that the standard of Noosa's waves or the esteem in which they were held by surfers globally, but the success of early environmental campaigners in saving what is now the Noosa National Park from development which had held back the nomination.
He explained the status was often used as a tool to excite action to defend the environment as was the case in Malibu, California where hideous pollution had to be addressed and in Punta De Lobos in Chile designation resulted in the iconic left-hand point break being bought back from developers.
Noosa's first attempt came after it received an invitation to submit in 2015. Mr Jarratt said the Gold Coast's submission was significantly more advanced but Gold Coast City Council support uncertain.
Eventually the council came on board and the application advanced over the Sunshine Coast bid.
In 2016 a simply matter of geography pushed back the application with the World Surfing Reserve committee unwilling to support two consecutive Australian applications.
Instead 2016 status went to Guarda Do Embau in Brazil, a legendary South American surf break at the mouth of the Do Madre River.
Ultimately Mr Jarratt said Noosa was able to argue that it had been the same as other surf breaks needing protection but had won the battle nearly 60 years ago holding off a developer's push for a road linking to Sunshine Beach in favour of the national park that was now Queensland's most popular.
"From a surfing perspective Noosa can be loved to death given the numbers making their way out to Tea Tree on a good swell," he said.
Mr Jarratt said there would be problems to be faced in the future but the World Surfing Reserve designation would give surfers a seat at the tabled accepted by the Noosa Council administration as worthy of being listened to with regard the park's ongoing management.