Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
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.
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.
Guarda do Embaú World Surfing Reserve Dedicated
"What the community has done for conservation of the area as part of the World Surfing Reserve is nothing less than incredible."
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

Noosa, Australia Officially Dedicated as 10th World Surfing Reserve

On Friday, February 21, Australia’s famous Noosa pointbreaks were officially dedicated as the 10th World Surfing Reserve. The three-day celebration was the culmination of years of work building the Local Stewardship Council, completing a Stewardship Plan and finalizing an economic study of the area.

Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve in pursuit of legal protection

The 6th Global Wave Conference has cemented the city’s reputation as the heart and capital of surfing and conservation in Australia. With the call put upon the surfing community to step up and protect our coastlines, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve will pursue legal protection by legislation.

Take action to preserve Chile’s surf breaks. #LeyDeRompientes

#LeyDeRompientes (“Law of the Breakers”) aims to legally protect Chile’s surf breaks. Save The Waves Coalition has joined forces with our Chilean partners in the international alliance to strengthen this bill under the State of Chile and preserve country’s surf breaks for future generations.


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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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