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

Finding Solutions and Stewardship in Fiji – Interview with ‘Dirty Wave Challenge’ Winner & Fijian Pro Surfer, Hannah Bennett

The winner of Save The Waves’ challenge, and recipient of the $5,000 cash prize for coastal stewardship, was Hannah Bennett – Fijian Pro Surfer and Vice President of the Fiji Surfing Association. STW interviewed Hannah about what the ocean means to her, using app technology to raise awareness, and her hope for coastal communities to tackle the threat of plastic pollution.

Announcing the winner of the 5K Dirty Wave Challenge…

With hundreds of photos submitted from over 10 countries as part of the Dirty Wave Challenge, Save The Waves is excited to announce the winner of the 5K stewardship fund!

Cowell’s Beach Sees Continued Reduction in Bacteria Counts Despite Listing by Heal The Bay

Cowell’s Beach once again finds itself on Heal the Bay’s ‘Beach Bummer’ list, but experts in the Cowell’s Working Group have noted a long-term reduction in overall exceedances of state water quality standards and concentrations of bacteria.


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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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