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Join In Dedicating The Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Beaches

Following the formal declaration of Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve on Phillip Island at Cape Woolamai in March, the community is invited to join the commemoration of the three other reserve locations on Saturday, 1 June 2013 from 10am.

The Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve is made up of four sites along Phillip Island’s coast: Cape Woolamai, Smiths Beach, Summerland and Cat Bay. The official launch at Cape Woolamai unveiled a plaque set in pink granite. On 1 June the remaining three plaques at Cat Bay, Summerland and Smiths Beach respectively will be unveiled.

“Each commemoration will be an informal affair involving veteran surfers of the area saying a few words and the plaques being unveiled,” said Paul Smith, member of the Community Working Group.

The day is an opportunity for those who missed the launch in March to become a part of Phillip Island surfing history.

Veteran surfer, David Fincher, will unveil the plaque for Cat Bay. This area includes Left and Right Point breaks along with Flynns Reef.  Cat Bay was included in the Reserve for its high quality breaks that allow surfing in big swells when the other south-facing beaches on Phillip Island are onshore.

Phillip Island surfing legend, ‘Dogga’ Luke, will unveil the plaque for Summerland.  This is the ‘birthplace’ of surfing on Phillip Island dating back to the 1920s and boasts iconic reef breaks that work in the largest of swells.

Steve Demos is renowned for his connection to Express Point – the ‘hero wave’ of the location nominated as ‘Smiths’ in the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve. This area’s nomination was due to the premier barrelling reef break at Express Point, along with its importance in training the surfers of the future at the sheltered beaches of Smiths and YCW.

 Commemorative booklets and t-shirts will be on sale on the day and members of the working group will be available to answer questions and provide information about the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve.  The declaration of the reserve is the result of over 18 months of hard work by a community group of representatives from Phillip Island’s surfing and surf life saving community.

“The declaration of the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve is a great honour and tribute to the history and quality of surfing on Phillip Island,” said Geoff Owens from Phillip Island Board Riders Club and long-term Island surfer. The Reserve declaration also coincides with Club’s 50th year anniversary, since its inception in 1963.

The Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve is the first of its kind in Victoria and one of only 25 across Australia. The philosophy of National Surfing Reserves (NSR) is to ‘care, share and preserve’. National Surfing Reserves is a voluntary collaboration dedicated to recognising iconic surfing sites in Australia and assisting NSR sites globally. Self funded and non-political, the National Reference Group comprises experienced individuals from across Australia to facilitate NSR nominations and management processes. Find out more at

The Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve community project is proudly supported by: San Remo District Financial Services, Ramada Phillip Island, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Board Riders Club and Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Sally O’Neill on 0408 101 976 or, or Eleanor McKay on 0422 313 847 or