Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
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.
Save The Waves Film Festival West Coast Tour
Kicks off November 1st! Find your local screening.

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 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. 

Opponents Call Upon Irish Authorities to Review and Repeal Trump’s Seawall

Save The Waves Coalition and environmental partners urge careful consideration from Ireland’s national planning appeal board in the case against Trump International Golf Links’ seawall in Doonbeg, Clare County.

Save The Waves’ Top Ten Moments of 2018: What Your Support Accomplished This Year

Save The Waves had an impactful and busy year! Take a look back at our top ten moments from this year, and consider making a contribution to the cause for another year of successful coastal conservation!


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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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