We Protect Steward Defend Surf Ecosystems.

We believe that legally protected areas, effective stewardship and a mobilized constituency result in healthy and protected surf ecosystems.


We create well-managed protected areas in high priority coastal ecosystems that overlap with high quality surf. 


We engage and aid communities in the ongoing effective management of surf ecosystems. 


We mount international campaigns to defend surf ecosystems under threat and inspire the public to take action.

Save The Waves'

Strategic Plan


We are proud to present our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan – outlining our program strategies, Theory of Change, models and more.

This document is our organizational roadmap. It reflects our goals as we pursue and lead a new category of conservation: surf conservation.

Coalition-building is our special sauce.

Over the past 15 years, STW has demonstrated success as a leader of surf conservation and coalition building.

We create strategic coalitions to tackle each of our three strategies (Protect, Steward and Defend). In selecting partners on the ground, we find common interests, fill capacity gaps based on strengths, and set common goals to have an outsized impact in the places we work. Through this work, STW has built a reputation of trust working with local partners around the world. We engage with our strategic partners at three levels based on local capacity and need: consultative, facilitatory and plenary.


Lowest level of interaction: we provide tools and communications support.


Medium level interaction: we provide the structure, the process, the facilitation and financial support (if needed), but implementation is done by the coalition partners.


Highest level of interaction: we provide the structure, process, facilitation, implementation and financing.



We located 10 valuable regions for WSR and SPAN creation. We analyzed the number of potential surfing waves, biodiversity hotspots, ecosystem types, existing marine conservation laws, as well as on-the-ground capacity. Of those 10, we prioritized the following regions as future and ongoing STW program sites.

Protect the places you love.

Donate today and make a global impact for our coastlines. 

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