WORTH PROTECTING: Pumping Kirra Point is to be included as part of a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve.
WORTH PROTECTING: Pumping Kirra Point is to be included as part of a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve. Simon Swilly Williams

First steps toward surfing reserve including Coolangatta

THE Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve's (GCWSR) executive committee held its inaugural working meeting last week to discuss the plan for protecting the beach and surf amenity of the "Glitter Strip."

The hugely ambitious plan of declaring a wave zone protection area from South Straddie to Coolangatta will now be broken up into two stages.

The first stage will focus on Snapper Rocks to Burleigh Heads, which will take the better part of 2014 to make application to the World Reserve Body to be ratified in 2015.

The GCWSR executive has spoken to ASP commisioner Kieren Perrow about the concept and both ASP and Quiksilver Pro will meet to discuss the plan next week after the ASP Tour opener at Snapper Rocks.

"It sounds good to me but we (ASP) need to hear more about the details to lend support and look forward to meeting with the Gold Coast committee next week," Perrow, a former ASP World Tour competitor and now a full-time administrator of the new organisation for the world men's and women's professional surfers, said.

It is hoped that with support from Gold Coast City Council, the Queensland Government and the ASP/Quiksilver Pro management, that stage one of the proposal could be ratified at next year's 2015 Snapper Rocks event.

Stage two will take in from Burleigh to South Straddie, but the committee has opted to wait until 2015 to make application for a 2016 endorsement.

Obviously the outcome of the Broadwater Marine Project, which is now on hold for 12 months, has been factored into the northern end plan for the Gold Coast.

However the Gold Coast WSR committee is confident that eventually both the northern and southern ends of the Gold Coast coastal area will ultimately be enshrined in legislation to create a protected wave zone and World Surfing Reserve area.

Former ASP president and world champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew has been voted in as the world patron of the new Gold Coast group.

He will also play a part in helping write part of the application with his intimate knowledge of Gold Coast boardriding clubs.

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve's committee comprises: world patron Rabbit Bartholomew, chairman Andrew McKinnon, secretary Chris Butler, treasurer Nicole Glennon, members Jordy de Boer, Greg Howell, Dan Ware, Nathan Fife, Scott Gillies, John Charlton and Tor Hundloe.



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