Protect the places you love.
Save The Waves protects coastal resources through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
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."
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.

Breaking News

WSL Pure’s One Ocean podcast features Nik Strong-Cvetich for Ep.5

Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director of Save The Waves, discusses the World Surfing Reserves and how preserving the ocean’s best surf breaks can help protect its other vital ecosystems. Reece and Nik also call up a special guest: big wave surfer Joao de Macedo.

Hiring Notice: Director of Operations

Save The Waves Coalition is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting surf ecosystems around the world. Please follow the link and directions for consideration to the Director of Operations position.

Global Impact in 2019: Gratitude and Top Ten Accomplishments

Save The Waves Coalition is working to protect, steward and defend surf ecosystems and coastlines around the world. From Australia to Brazil, Portugal to Mexico, Peru, Chile, Indonesia and beyond, the coalition is growing, engaging new partners and having a tangible impact on the places you love.


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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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