National Surfing Reserve
In February 2008, an area from the south side of Flat Rock north to the Lennox Alstonville Surf Club was officially recognised as the Lennox National Surfing Reserve (LNSR) with the unveiling of a plaque at the Pat Morton car park.
One of only 19 such sites in Australia, the LNSR is recognised by National Surfing Reserves Australia and the NSW Department of Lands as iconic and of ‘environmental, cultural and historical significance to the Australian surfing culture’.
Phil Myers, long time Lennox resident, avid surfer and member of the Lennox National Surfing Reserve Committee, said, ‘We all know the Lennox area has some of the world’s best waves and having our beaches and surf breaks acknowledged in this way is a real honour’.
Surfing Lennox and nearby beaches is reputed to have started in the late 1950s when boards were around 5 metres long. In 1958 Ballina man, Barry Regan is acknowledged as being one of the first people to surf Lennox Point. A lifestyle and culture developed with local board shapers, manufacturers and surfers at the forefront of the wave of popularity – now a lucrative industry and sport.
Sources: Lennox National Surfing Reserve Surfing Committee, Lennox National Surfing Reserve, Department of Lands, Sydney, 2007. Photos courtesy of: 1. Barry Cheadle 2. Hugh Kelloway 3. Robyn Hargrave
Readers with information on this or other Landmarks of Lennox, please contact Robyn Hargrave by phone 0412 660 994 or email at email@example.com.
Lennox National Surfing Reserve (NSR) 10th anniversary
In February 2018, our NSR will be 10 years old. To commemorate this milestone, Lennox Head Heritage Committee and the Lennox NSR Association are seeking photos and memories of the history of surfing within the Reserve up to the present day.
Please contact Robyn Hargrave on 0412660994 or George Leslie on 0414 935 951 with your suggestions.