Save The Waves Announces Close of World Surfing Reserves Nomination Period in Costa Rica
August 6, 2009 – Jacó, Costa Rica: Save The Waves Coalition, in a presentation at the International Surfing Association’s Annual General Meeting to surfing federations from around the world, formally announced the completion of the nomination period for the World Surfing Reserves (WSR) program. The nomination period represents the first stage of the WSR selection process, from which the initial list of potential surfing reserves will be chosen. The surfing federations also pledged their full support and recognition for the program.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre gave an impassioned speech at the meeting, calling for all surfing federations to help in the fight to protect special coastal areas around the world. “We have to act now to proactively protect these breaks, or our kids won’t have these amazing places to surf.”
“This is a watershed moment for the WSR program,” said Save The Waves executive director Dean LaTourrette. “We have the buy-in from the governing bodies for surfing from around the world, as well as the initial pool of WSR candidates. We can now move forward with selecting, and ultimately enshrining these special surf breaks around the world.”
National surfing federations and their teams from all over the world are in Costa Rica for the World Surfing Games. Save The Waves signed a partnership agreement with the International Surfing Association (ISA) at the end of 2008, to create a global network of surfing reserves designed to protect and preserve the world’s most cherished surf spots, along with their surrounding environments.
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Above: Save The Waves, ISA, and surfing federations at work in Costa Rica to protect surf breaks around the world.