Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
Guarda do Embaú World Surfing Reserve Dedicated
"What the community has done for conservation of the area as part of the World Surfing Reserve is nothing less than incredible."
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.

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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.

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Surfonomics

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.

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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

Leadership in Conservation: Save The Waves & Partners Attend IUCN Conference

Save The Waves and our partners traveled to Peru for the IUCN and organized a side event focused on how Surf Protected Area Networks can significantly scale coastal conservation. The alliance that was created puts Save The Waves in the position to lead, coordinate and support future work for surf conservation and the protection of surf ecosystems worldwide.

Brazil’s Guarda do Embaú officially dedicated as the 9th World Surfing Reserve

On Saturday, October 26th, Brazil’s Guarda do Embaú was officially dedicated as the 9th World Surfing Reserve, with over 200 people in attendance for the three day ceremony. The celebration was the culmination of more than three years of intensive work building the Local Stewardship Council, completing a Stewardship Plan and finalizing an economic study of the area.

A wave worthy of protection.

#SalvemosPuntaConejo Campaign Update: At the invitation of the local community, Save The Waves headed to southern Mexico to the village of Playa Brasil to listen, learn and collaborate with local community members to protect Punta Conejo.

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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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