A SMALL crowd gathered at Point Sinclair, south of Penong on Saturday, January 19 for the official announcement of the establishment of the Point Sinclair Surfing Reserve.
A small ceremony was held with a plaque unveiled recognising Point Sinclair as a National Surfing Reserve, with a bottle of champagne shook up and poured over the plaque
Point Sinclair is only the second official Surfing Reserve in South Australia, with Daly Heads on Yorke Peninsula officially announced as the first three weeks ago.
National Surfing Reserves are recognised as ‘iconic’ places for the environmental heritage, as well as their sporting and cultural value to the nation.
They are also judged on criteria, based on the quality of the waves, a place considered sacred by the local and national surfing community and its long-term usage of the beach and wave environment by the local and national surfing community.
Professor Andrew Short, National Surfing Reserve co-founder and Director of Coastal Studies Unit, School of Geosciences University of Sydney, was on hand to unveil the plaque.
Point Sinclair Campground owner/manager Ron Gates said everyone with the Point Sinclair Surfing Reserve (PSSR) Committee felt they needed to be a part of the National Surfing Reserves network.
“When we’ve had things arise before, the community represented ourselves, now should issues arise in the future we can deal with it as the PSSR Committee with the support of the other surfing reserves,” he said.
Mr Gates also said with this they are setting the reserve up for the future use of surfers.
“We can foresee maybe ten years down the line it could make things easier for surfers in the area to continue surfing off Point Sinclair,” he said.