Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
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.
Punta Borinquen Approved as 11th World Surfing Reserve
Punta Borinquen is the first World Surfing Reserve of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

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.

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A wave worthy of protection.

#SalvemosPuntaConejo Campaign Update: At the invitation of the local community, Save The Waves headed to southern Mexico to the village of Playa Brasil to listen, learn and collaborate with local community members to protect Punta Conejo.

Guarda do Embaú to officially dedicate World Surfing Reserve in October ceremony

After years of stewardship planning and meticulous development of a management plan, the Local Stewardship Council is ready to unveil Guarda do Embaú to the surf and conservation community

What is a surf ecosystem? Conservation beyond outstanding waves.

Surf ecosystems are integrated natural and social systems, embodying the special relationship between the ocean, waves, watersheds, plants, animals and people. It’s all interconnected. Take a look at the Guarda do Embaú World Surfing Reserve, an incredible example of a surf ecosystem.


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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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  • Report & track coastal health on our #EndangeredWavesApp! Turning everyday global citizens into citizen scientists.… 18 hours ago
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  • #SaveTheWaves headed to #PlayaBrasil to listen, learn and collaborate with local community to protect #PuntaConejo… 6 days ago

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