“Surfers in North Devon acknowledge the region’s global reputation for surfing”

Surfers from all over are heading to North Devon for the official unveiling of the area’s World Surfing Reserve (WSR) monument in Woolacombe. This designation is shared by only a few other locations, including Malibu and Santa Cruz in California, and Gold Coast and Manly in Australia. The WSR designation not only celebrates the quality of surfing in the area, but also recognizes the importance of the sport to the wider community.

The WSR program was established in California in 2009 with the goal of “protecting the surfing ecosystem around the world”. The north Devon coast, already designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, will now be one of the 12 WSR sites worldwide. The Braunton Burrows area, located within the reserve, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its unique landscape and wildlife habitat. Covering approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) of coastline, the area has great cultural significance along with its natural beauty.

North Devon surfer Kevin Cook proposed the creation of a surf reserve in the area, stating, “We are delighted that this stunning coastline will be recognized for its quality surf and precious ecosystems. We are now able to work together to protect this area for generations to come”. The designation as a WSR is a significant achievement for the area and highlights the importance of preserving the connection between the environment and the sport of surfing.

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