Mick Fanning at Kirra Point.
Mick Fanning at Kirra Point. Blainey Woodham

Breaks to be reserves

OUR border region's iconic surf breaks will be recognised as National Surfing Reserves one day before 2012's Quiksilver Pro.

Burleigh, Snapper Rocks - and each point break in between - will join the likes of Lennox Head NSW and Western Australia's Margaret River as reserves.

Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater and surfers have been invited to dedicate the reserves.

"It's about time this has come to fruition," National Surfing Reserves ambassador Mr Slater said.

"I'm very stoked to be working alongside them to lend a voice and help ensure everyone has a say in honouring the beaches that have brought the lifestyle we love to each and every one of us."

NSR patron and local surfing legend Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew said the recognition would have been years in the making.

"It was inevitable that the world-famous southern Gold Coast's surf breaks would be recognised at some point.

"I'm not sure if people are going to sell more board shorts, but it's good for the breaks' long-term future."

Division 12 councillor Greg Betts said three of the five points would feature signage detailing their history.

"These will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony at Greenmount Hill on February 24, 2012, the day prior to the Quiksilver Pro Event."



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