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.
Save The Waves Film Festival Launches Online
Free to stream and enjoy. Watch all six episodes of our surf and environmental film festival today!
Major Victory! Seawall Project Defeated at Doughmore Beach
#NatureTrumpswalls campaign succeeds against Trump International Golf Links and stops destruction of beloved Irish beach.
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.
Noosa Officially Dedicated as 10th World Surfing Reserve
Years of activism and environmental efforts celebrated as Australia’s famous Noosa point breaks dedicated as the 10th World Surfing Reserve.
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

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.

We need to do better. #BlackLivesMatter

We believe it is important to speak out, leverage our platform, and reaffirm to our followers and our community the things we stand for, especially when the times around us are difficult. We assert our stance against systemic racism in our common institutions and stand in solidarity with people of color.

Save The Waves Film Festival Launches Online To Celebrate Earth Day

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and bring the outdoors to indoor audiences, the world’s only international surf and environmental film festival is opening their archival vault and releasing episodes for free online.


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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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