Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
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.
Noosa, Australia approved as 10th WSR
Noosa was chosen as the 10th World Surfing Reserve for its beautiful pointbreaks and visionary coastal conservation.
Protected Forever.
Punta de Lobos was officially dedicated as a WSR & the iconic Mirador property transferred to the local fundacion. #LobosPorSiempre

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

ENSENADA FREE OF PLASTICS. No more single use plastic in Bahía de Todos Santos by 2019

Over the next 6 months, the World Surfing Reserve, and partner organizations will work with the local government to create education efforts about the plastic pollution problem and empower local people to find sustainable strategies to live without plastic.

Save The Waves Film Festival celebrates 10 years of the world’s best enviro surf films

This summer Save The Waves is excited to kickoff its 10th anniversary tour of the Save The Waves Film Festival, presented by UGG, with international premier screenings in Manchester, UK, the World Surfing Reserve of Ericeira, Portugal, and Rapa Nui.

Cowell Beach Water Quality Improvement Recognized by Heal the Bay Report

Save The Waves is pleased to announce that Cowell Beach has dropped to number eight on Heal the Bay’s annual “Beach Bummer” list, after nine consecutive years as number one or two, and moving to number three in 2017.


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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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