SOS - Save Our Spit

17 Apr 2008 0 Share

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Save Our Spit

 Sth Straddie A frame perfection. Well worth protecting huh.

Sth Straddie A frame perfection. Well worth protecting huh.

The Spit and TOS (South Straddie) are two of the most consistently surf able beachies on the Gold Coast. The Spit is one of the only options when the dreaded northerlies (devil wind) blow in the spring and summer months.

Any Gold Coast based surfer worth his salt has been shacked at TOS and the worlds best surfers often venture over the seaway to sample the infamous mini Puerto Escondido style pits whenever they’re in town.

It’s a sanctuary away from the skyscrapers.

It’s a sanctuary away from the skyscrapers.

Coastalwatch’s chief surf reporter JC said “The spit is a Goldie surfer’s saviour in the warmer months as it is really the only beachie in town that offers any shelter whatsoever from the NE sea breeze.”

Home to long sandy beaches filled with punchy A-frame peaks, and as one of the rare undeveloped patches of coastline in this thriving region, The Spit provides a welcome sanctuary away from the hustle-and-bustle of nearby Surfers Paradise and attracts surfers, fishermen and picnicking travellers from near and far.

Check out the video clip (above) featuring footage of 8x world surfing champion Kelly Slater highlighting the precarious position of the unique stretch of coast.

World no 2 Bede Durbidge freesurfing at TOS between the Snapper event and Bells back in March.

World no 2 Bede Durbidge freesurfing at TOS between the Snapper event and Bells back in March.

"Pairing surf footage along with candid vox-pop style interviews conducted with everyday beachgoers highlights this area's importance to people from all walks of life. The video shows it's not just important to protect this area because of the surf factor, but to protect our relaxed Gold Coast way of life," said Soul Arch Media & Marketing's Carolyn Ridings Emge.

Soul Arch Media & Marketing and The Surfer's Network donated the footage to show their support for the campaign's ongoing efforts to keep The Spit free from further commercial development. The SOS video was the latest donated project in Soul Arch Media & Marketing's community support program.

 Out of sight and out of the NE seabreeze. The Spit in summer

Out of sight and out of the NE seabreeze. The Spit in summer

The Save Our Spit (SOS) campaign was launched to protect a unique parcel of coastal land on Queensland's Gold Coast from being exploited in ways that would greatly impact recreational public areas. SOS has successfully halted an International Shipping terminal, a Super Boat Marina, a Marine Simulator and even a giant Ferris wheel from being built on The Spit. SOS is now urging local government to stick to the existing town plan to ensure no high-rises are built on The Spit, and want the area gazetted so it can be preserved for all to enjoy forever. To join the campaign, visit: http://www.saveourspit.com

– Ben Horvath.

Special thanks to Carolyn at Soul Arch media.

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