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GUARDA DO EMBAÚ

BRAZIL

OVERVIEW

Guarda do Embaú is home to a world class wave that breaks consistently year-round and is known as one of the best surf spots in Brazil. It is situated directly adjacent to the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park, the largest conservation area in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, which boasts a stunning natural environment including the Madre River, an intact estuary system, and a mature sand dune system. The combination of world-class waves in a pristine coastal setting has nurtured a vibrant, conservation-minded surf community that seems to grow stronger by the year. The influence of the local community and the legacy of the late Brazilian surfing legend and Guarda do Embaú local, Ricardo Dos Santos, lends national significance to Guarda do Embaú’s approval as a WSR. 

The World Surfing Reserve approval holds the promise to harness Brazil’s love of the sport for a deeper commitment to coastal activism and protection amongst the Brazilian surf community and policy-makers. 

Why GUARDA DO EMBAU?

Guarda do Embaú is home to a world- class wave that breaks consistently year-round and is known as one of the best surf spots in Brazil. It is situated directly adjacent to the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park, the largest conservation area in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, which boasts a stunning natural environment including the Do Madre River, an intact estuary system, and a mature sand dune system. The combination of world-class waves in a pristine coastal setting has nurtured a vibrant, conservation-minded surf community that seems to grow stronger by the year.

Home to the late Brazilian surfing legend, Ricardo Dos Santos, Guarda do Embaú’s approval has national significance. Brazil’s booming surf industry and growing dominance on the professional surf tour (WSL), has made it the second most popular sport after soccer. The World Surfing Reserve approval holds the promise to harness Brazil’s love of the sport for a deeper commitment to coastal activism and protection amongst the Brazilian surf world and policy-makers.  

Marcos Aurélio Gungel (“Kito”), former President and current Director of Communications for the Association of Surfing and Preservation of Guarda do Embaú was the principal organizer for the WSR application. Kito said ‘The World Surfing Reserve approval represents the possibility to trace the history, the culture, and the environmental characteristics of Guarda do Embaú. We seek to create a management plan to preserve and protect our coastline in response to the environmental issues that might threaten our waves and local tradition.”

 

Attributes of a World Surfing Reserve

RESOURCES

Marcos Aurélio Gungel

Geraldo José da Rosa

Carlos Santos Montesinos

Carlos Alberto Manger Knoll

Renan Tavares Rocha

Amaury Pereira Junior

George Washington de Almeida

Plínio Bordin

Haliskarla Moreira de Sá

Luiz Henrique Fragoas Pimenta

Nodin Varela Silveira

Scharlene Luciara Amarante

Morgana Hertz

Adriano Manoel da Silveira

Manoel da Silveira

Marcos Antonio de Souza

Felipe Leal Estevão

Armando Ramos Maciel Junior

Mariana Fraga da Rosa Nichnig

Caio Rogério Nichnig

Monica Gomes

Artur Fernando Prass

Cristina Filomeno

Sandro Vidal

Gabriel Corrêa

Flavio Santos

Prof. Dr. Marcos Bosquetti

Marcos Aurélio Gungel

Geraldo José da Rosa

Prof. Marcos Antonio de Souza

Haliskarla Moreira de Sá

Manoel da Silveira

Prof. Marcos Bosquetti

Scharlene Luciara Amarante

Morgana Hertz

Marcos Aurélio Gungel

Geraldo José da Rosa

Carlos Santos Montesinos

Carlos Alberto Manger Knoll

Renan Tavares Rocha

Amaury Pereira Junior

George Washington de Almeida

Plínio Bordin

Haliskarla Moreira de Sá

Luiz Henrique Fragoas Pimenta

Nodin Varela Silveira

Scharlene Luciara Amarante

Morgana Hertz

Adriano Manoel da Silveira

Manoel da Silveira

Marcos Antonio de Souza

Felipe Leal Estevão

Armando Ramos Maciel Junior

Mariana Fraga da Rosa Nichnig

Caio Rogério Nichnig

Monica Gomes

Artur Fernando Prass

Cristina Filomeno

Sandro Vidal

Gabriel Corrêa

Flavio Santos

Prof. Dr. Marcos Bosquett

Stewardship plan

Planejamento Estratégico / Strategic Planning 

Surfonomics study

GUARDA Do EMBAÚ WSR News

Guarda do Embaú Completes Surfonomics Study

Guarda do Embaú is home to a legendary wave that breaks at the Da Madre River mouth throughout the year. For generations Guarda do Embaú was just a small, sleepy fishing village. In the 1970s, surfers discovered Guarda’s epic waves and it is now internationally recognized as one of the best surf spots in Brazil. World-class

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Beyond Great Waves: Protecting Surf Ecosystems

Save The Waves recently returned to Guarda do Embaú in Brazil to meet with the Local Stewardship Council of the ninth World Surfing Reserve. Conservation Programs Manager Trent Hodges checked in on the progress of the stewardship planning, conservation projects and the dedication on October 25-27th. What is a surf ecosystem? Surf ecosystems are integrated natural and social systems, embodying the special relationship between the

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