Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
Surf Conservation Partnership
Protecting world-class surf breaks and vital marine ecosystems. Our goal: create at 20 Surf Protected Areas around the world.
10-Year Breakthrough for Cowells Campaign
Cowell's Beach was not included on annual “Beach Bummer” list - a major victory to improve water quality at the famous Santa Cruz surf break.
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.

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

Breaking: Conservation Win for Chilean Coastlines

BREAKING! A proposal submitted by our Coalition partners at Fundación Rompientes has been approved by the Chilean government for the creation of Santuario Piedra del Viento! This proposal aims to legally protect surf breaks, traditional fishermen practices and the place’s rich biodiversity in an effort to preserve the soul of the Chilean coast.

Campaign Update: Salvemos Punta Conejo

Last year, we launched the Salvemos Punta Conejo campaign and have been working diligently ever since. We know that once a natural phenomenon like Punta Conejo is altered by industry, it is forever lost. We won’t let this gem go down without a fight.

Cowell Beach Drops Off Beach Bummer List: A 10-Year Breakthrough with Improved Water Quality

For the first time in 10 years, Cowell’s Beach is not included on Heal The Bay’s annual “Beach Bummer” list – a major victory in the campaign to improve water quality at the famous Santa Cruz surf break.

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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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