Woolacombe becomes part of the World Surfing Reserve
In March 2022 North Devon was formally announced as the 12th World Surfing Reserve alongside iconic surfing locations Malibu and Santa Cruz (California), Gold Coast, Noosa and Manly Beach (Australia), Bahia de Todos Santos (Mexico), Ericeira (Portugal), Punta de Lobos (Chile), Guard do Embaú (Brazil), Huanchaco (Peru) and Playa Hermosa (Costa Rica) .
Establishing a recognised Surfing Reserve gives the surfing community and others a voice in decision-making processes that affect the coastline and some of the best beaches in the United Kingdom. The World Surfing Reserve is steered by a Local Stewardship Council who share and foster good practice, while tackling broader issues that bear upon the surfing experience in North Devon. The group comprises governing bodies, NGOs, environmental groups, local community groups, surf clubs, businesses and landowners, all coming together to work towards agreed goals and shared ideals.