Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
Salvemos Punta Conejo!
Punta Conejo, a renowned surf break along the coastline of Southern Oaxaca, could be destroyed by the construction of a new industrial port project.
Everyday tool to protect the places you love.
The Endangered Waves App empowers and incentivizes surfers and beachgoers to monitor the health of their own coastlines through crowdsourced data.
Punta Borinquen Approved as 11th World Surfing Reserve
Punta Borinquen is the first World Surfing Reserve of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

What We Do

Save The Waves protects coastal ecosystems around the world in partnership with local communities, utilizing a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.


World Surfing Reserves

Through our World Surfing Reserves program we protect amazing surf spots and coastlines, by working on long-term conservation through outreach, planning and community capacity building.



Through Surfonomics we determine the economic value of a wave and surfing to local communities to help decision makers make choices to protect the value of their coast and waves.


Endangered Waves

When an epic wave or coastline is under threat from poorly planned development or pollution, we mount campaigns to educate the public and take direct action through our Endangered Waves and Branded Campaigns.

Breaking News

Campaign Alert: Salvemos Punta Conejo!

Punta Conejo, a renowned surf break along the coastline of Southern Oaxaca, could be destroyed by the construction of a new industrial port project. The Mexican Federal Government has announced the “Development Plan for the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”, which includes the development of a new industrial port in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.

Trent Hodges Joins the Coalition!

Save The Waves has hired a new Conservation Programs Manager! Trent Hodges joins the staff as a familiar face from previous days as a WSR Fellow in Baja. With years of conservation experience, we’re happy to see Trent in a new role where he will undoubtedly promote positive impact for our coastlines. Read his bio here.

Raising Impact: Save The Waves Receives Funds & Tools from Mulago Foundation

In June of 2019, Save The Waves’ Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich, was named as one of Mulago’s Henry Arnhold Fellows, a group of “standout leaders focused on scalable solutions in conservation and climate.”


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“As surfers we intuitively know how special these areas are, and it’s up to all of us to help educate the general public on the importance of protecting them. I’m proud to support Save The Waves effort to protect and steward these coastal treasures.”

~Greg Long, Big Wave Tour Champion 

“Working with Save The Waves has allowed us to identify the problems and solutions of other waves in danger, and the knowledge and experience that STW brings is essential for the protection of any coastal community.”

~ Ramon Navarro, Patagonia Ambassador 

“I support Save The Waves because helping preserve the oceans and its waves is part of helping protect happiness for us and future generations… A must do for any decent human being.”

~Fernando Aguerre, ISA President 

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