Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
Annual 'Life Is A Wave' Gala
Our annual benefit is a celebration of surf and conservation! Join us at The Dream Inn in Santa Cruz on May 23rd, 2019 to protect the places we love.
Punta Borinquen Approved as 11th World Surfing Reserve
Punta Borinquen is the first World Surfing Reserve of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
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.


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 Announces the 2019 Wave Saver of the Year Awards!

Considered to be at the forefront of oceanic and coastal conservation efforts, this year’s Wave Savers are Bianca Valenti for Athlete of the Year, Klean Kanteen for Business of the Year, and Reece Pacheco for Environmentalist of the Year.


To expand Surf Protected Area Networks, Save The Waves and the Bahia de Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve are taking new strides to asses, monitor and, ultimately, protect surf ecosystems in Mexico. Using a nationwide surf inventory, Save The Waves will be able to identify and prioritize high-value Mexican surf breaks.

Save The Waves and partners launch new Surf Protected Area Networks in Chile and Indonesia

Save The Waves’ Executive Director Nik Strong-Cveitch began the new year by traveling to strategize and launch our new Surf Protected Area Networks in Chile and Indonesia with our partners at Fundacíon Rompientes, Conservation International and A Liquid Future. 


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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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