Surf Protected Area Networks

A game-changing approach to protecting surf ecosystems on a global scale.

Surf Protected Area Networks (SPANs) combines legal protection and sustainable community development to leverage protection for critical coastal ecosystems on a global level.

pushing surf conservation forward

Our program utilizes networks of locally managed protected areas that both protect and are supported by sustainable surf tourism. 

SPANs are defined as, “A collection of individual marine and coastal protected areas around surfing locations, operating cooperatively and synergistically, at various spatial scales, and with a variety of legal mechanisms enforced by local communities and governments.

Project Areas

With our pilot project launched in Morotai of Indonesia, we are focusing additional efforts in Costa Rica, Chile and Mexico.

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Mexico
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Morotai, Indonesia

The First Surf Protected Area Network

Save The Waves launched our preliminary pilot Surf Protected Area Network Planning in North Maluku province, Indonesia with our partners at Conservation International and A Liquid Future.

The SPAN in Morotai now has institutional support create the first Coastal Park in Morotai. 

Using Surf Conservation for Biodiversity Protection

Across the globe, there are thousands of areas where world class surfing waves and globally important marine biological diversity overlap where threats are prevalent. Save The Waves recently conducted a study showing that ~90% of the world’s top surf sites are located in global biodiversity hotspots for marine conservation and are ripe for new protected areas. The map below shows 50 globally important surfing areas overlaid with biodiversity hotspots.

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The Surf Conservation Partnership

Save The Waves has teamed up with Conservation International! Together, our organizations have the necessary and combined forces to have a global impact for coastal conservation. Our projects in SPANs includes regions in Indonesia, Costa Rica and Brazil.

The Surf Conservation Partnership

Save The Waves has teamed up with international NGO Conservation International. Together, our organizations have the necessary and combined forces to have a global impact for coastal conservation. Our SPANs includes regions in Indonesia, Costa Rica and Brazil.

Recent News on Spans

Take action to preserve Chile’s surf breaks. #LeyDeRompientes

Article written and provided by our international Coalition partners at Fundación Rompientes Social organizations request the State of Chile to protect waves suitable for sports For the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, surfing will be recognized as an Olympic sport. In that context, Chile, in its 6,435 kilometers of coastline, holds over a hundred surfbreaks or 

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Donate today and make a global impact for our coastlines. 

Our SPANs Partners.

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