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Noosa endorsed as the 10th World Surfing Reserve



World Surfing Reserves

Famous point break joins Ericeira, Malibu and Burleigh-to-Snapper beaches

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 November, 2017 - Noosa and its famous Point breaks were voted in by Save the Waves Vision Council as the 10th & latest World Surfing Reserve. It was the second time around that Noosa submitted an application after missing out to Gold Coast in 2015. Only one WSR is selected each year.

However the 2017 selection was probably the toughest to pick with four outstanding candidates such as the Azores Islands in Portugal, Equador, Puerto Rico and Noosa. Noosa was chosen as the 10th World Surfing Reserve for its beautiful pointbreaks and visionary coastal conservation.

There are now 3 World Surfing Reserves in Australia, Manly 2012, Gold Coast 2016 and now Noosa in 2017, all of which have dual WSR/NSR (National Surfing Reserve) status.

"We are incredibly stoked and humbled to be joining this network of amazing surf locations around the world." Said Phil Jarratt, legendary surf journalist and WSR Noosa President. "It is a crowning achievement for Noosa!”

The latest announcement was made at Punta de Lobos, Chile on 17th November, during the official WSR recognition of Punta de Lobos, a well-known premier big wave lefthand point location in South America.

Save the Waves waged a hugely successful campaign to buy back the Punta de Lobos headland from private developers to be returned to the public as a national headland.

In an intimate ceremony, the iconic Mirador Property of Punta de Loboas was transferred and the World Surfing Reserve officially dedicated. In attendance was Punta de Lobos' Big Wave legend Ramon Navarro, Patagonia Ambassadors Greg Long, Kyle Thiermann, Kohl Christensen and Otto Flores, as well as locals at the Foundation Punta de Lobos, and surfing musician Jack and partner Kim Johnson.

“Today is a huge leap forward for the protection of Punta de Lobos, and the conservation of our coastlines in Chile.” Said Ramon Navarro.

With the help of Patagonia, the Marisla Foundation, Packard Foundation, Waitt Foundation and over 900 small donors, Save The Waves and partners were able to raise over $750,000 toward the purchase of the property.

“This was an ambitious stretch goal with a lot of peak and valleys along the way. We are incredibly proud to be able to achieve this first important conservation milestone and officially add Punta de Lobos to the World Surfing Reserve roster”, said Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director of Save The Waves, "and it is fitting that we announce Noosa as the next and 10th WSR from such an iconic place."

In 2015, Save The Waves and Patagonia launched the "Lobos Por Siempre" campaign following the Chris Malloy film with the goal of raising enough money to purchase the 4.5 acre Mirador Property. The most iconic parcel, the Mirador Property at the very tip of Punta de Lobos was purchased by Chilean Philanthropist Nico Davis and held with an agreement to sell only to the local Foundation when the money had been raised.

Save The Waves protects coastal ecosystems around the world in partnership with local communities, utilizing a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.

 World Surfing Reserves is a program of Save The Waves, proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world. The program serves as a global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding area.

Andrew McKinnon

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