Cronulla's Shark Island is put on the map

Its a sign: Mayor Pesce unveils the new Shark Island Surfing Reserve sign with stakeholders Tim Vanderlaan,Andy Britton,Brad Whittaker and Andrew Lester.Picture John Veage
Its a sign: Mayor Pesce unveils the new Shark Island Surfing Reserve sign with stakeholders Tim Vanderlaan,Andy Britton,Brad Whittaker and Andrew Lester.Picture John Veage

The Cronulla Esplanade has had another attraction added to it with the unveiling of the latest Cronulla Beaches National Surfing Reserve sign overlooking the world famous Shark Island surf break.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce, has unveiled a series of interpretive signs on Sutherland Shire's biggest tourist draw-card. They form part of a surfing series along the Bate Bay beaches.

Topics already established include the National Surfing Reserve story, the Elouera sign,the Cronulla Point surf history sign,the development of the surfboard sign and plaques honoring past champions in the Cronulla Surfing Walk of Fame at the North Cronulla Wall.

Mayor Pesce said the community was rightly proud of its wonderful Bate Bay beaches, the founding of boardriding clubs and the development of young locals with big dreams who took on the world's surfing best.

"Shark Island is arguably the most famous of Cronulla's surf spots and this surfing history sign highlights how this spot has contributed to shaping the rich history of surfing here in Cronulla," Cr Pesce said.

"This special break is one of the 11 sites in the Cronulla Beaches National Surfing Reserve and it's great to be able to continue to honour Cronulla's iconic significance in Australian surf culture.

"I am sure this acknowledgment of Cronulla's surfing history will continue to bring our community together on the beautiful beaches of Sutherland Shire for generations to come, sharing in a common love of the sand and surf."

Joining Mayor Pesce was former Shark Island Challenge winner Andrew Lester, President of Surfing Sutherland Shire Andy Britton, longtime photographer Tim Vanderlaan and CBNSR chair Brad Whittaker.

The Surfing Reserve acknowledges the surfing way of life and links past, present and future generations who share the natural ocean environment in Cronulla. It celebrates the riding of waves and the significant contribution that local surfers and surfing culture plays in the community.