2015 Global Wave Conference

Save The Waves is excited to announce the upcoming Global Wave Conference, a major international event focused on the protection of waves, oceans, beaches and surf habitats worldwide. The conference, organized by Surfer’s Against Sewage with assistance from Save The Waves and other leading surf non-profits, will be heading to the UK this October 11 – 15. The conference will bring together the world’s leading enviro / surf NGO’s, academics, oceanographers, environmentalists, surfers, politicians, the surf industry and the mainstream media to discuss the increasing importance of protecting our oceans.

The conference will tackle themes including the protection & management of natural surfing heritage, the threat of marine litter, water pollution and climate change, the importance of ‘blue health’ – human health & wellbeing, and ‘surfonomics’ – the growing impact and importance of the economic value of surfing to coastal communities. Save The Waves will present findings & lessons learned from the World Surfing Reserves program.

We are really stoked to be part of the Global Wave Conference alongside the world’s best surfers, NGOs, and marine experts to discuss the biggest threats to our surfing habitats,” said Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director of Save The Waves. “The last conference in 2013 was incredibly important in bringing a lot of us in the surf conservation world together to focus our energies and work together on some of the most pressing issues. Surfers Against Sewage has done a phenomenal job in pulling so many great people and organizations together. ”

Keynote speeches are planned from big wave legend and STW ambassador Greg Long, scientist & explorer Dr Easkey Britton, and environmental campaigner & STW ambassador Ramón Navarro. Also joining the line up, will be 3 times World Champion Tom Curren with the inaugural Global Wave Award for his dedication and efforts in setting up the Surfrider Foundation Europe.

The Global Wave Conference is being organized at a time when the protection of our oceans is at the top of political, news and public agenda. It falls during a key timeframe from an international perspective, as the conference will also take place shortly before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. In the run up to the Global Wave Conference, conference partners will be engaging the world’s surfers and water sports enthusiasts with the critical threat that climate change poses to the coastal zones, reefs and surf habitats.

For more information on all conference speakers and partners please visit the website – www.globalwaveconference.org

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