Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
Enter to win the Dirty Wave Challenge!
Calling all beach lovers to help identify and clean the dirtiest and trashiest surf spot! Winning submission will receive a cash prize and a $5,000 day of stewardship with Save The Waves to clean their beach.
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.
Save The Waves Film Festival West Coast Tour
Kicks off November 1st! Find your local screening.

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

Save The Waves Film Festival: 2018 Filmmaker Awards

Announcing the official winners of the STWFF 2018 Awards, including Best Short, Best Feature, Audience Appreciation, Environmental Impact and Judges’ Choice. Congrats to all the films and their directors!

Save The Waves says farewell to Nick Mucha, Director of Programs

For the last 5 and half years, Nick Mucha has served as Save The Wave’s Director of Programs. Under Nick‘s tenure Save The waves has had many wins: from growing the World Surfing Reserves in number and impact, to defeating Donald Trump’s Irish Wall, to protecting the ancient maritime culture in Peru.

Upcoming STWFF filmmaker: Soraya Simi

Soraya Simi is an ocean-minded filmmaker and environmentalist living and studying in Los Angeles, California. Her film, Waves for Water – Puerto Rico, features as part of the 2018 Save The Waves Film Festival tour. Soraya is a big supporter of Save The Waves and all things environmental, and we caught up with her to chat about her film and her love of the ocean.


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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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  • Absolutely incredible leadership and vision from Fundación Punta de Lobos! Congrats on the opening of this generous… 1 week ago
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