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SAVE THE WAVES APP

Empowering surfers, beach-goers and ocean lovers to report and track coastal threats in real-time.

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HOW IT WORKS

TAKE A PHOTO

Capture what's happening when you see an issue or threat at your local surf spot or beach.

SELECT A THREAT

Choose an issue from our threat category menu. Write a short description to provide more detail.

Tag your location

Geotag your location and upload it to the app! Your post will to alert us and the public to the threat.

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The everyday tool to protect
the places you love.

The everyday tool to protect the places you love.

The Save The Waves App crowdsources data from coastal users (like you!) who identify coastal threats like illegal development, plastic pollution and poor water quality.

This data you provide is shared with local partners and coastal agencies in our Coalition to identify and reduce threats in surf ecosystems across the globe. 

After using the app I got so many more people on board within my community who didn’t even realize how bad it was.
Hannah Bennett
Fiji Pro Surfer
Every surfer has a responsibility to look after the areas and breaks that they love. It's the very least that you can do.
Greg Long
Big Wave Pro Surfer
Surfers are at the front lines of ocean health. The STW App can help scale how we report and respond to hazards in the surf zone.
Matthew Mulrennan
Director of the Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE

THREAT

CATEGORIES

Identifying and tagging threats.

The app has six main threat categories: Coastal Development; Plastic Trash and Marine Debris; Sea Level Rise and Erosion; Water Quality; Coral Reef Impact; and Access. Explore below!

You can also select a subcategory to further clarify the threat as well as a short description. Every detail helps us find a solution!

Unsure? Select our ‘General’ icon in the Threat Menu.

COASTAL DEVELOPMENT

Harbors, jetties, seawalls, coastal armoring, breakwaters and beach-front construction can destroy or alter both waves and coastal ecosystems.

PLASTIC TRASH AND MARINE DEBRIS

Plastic trash and marine debris impact the coastal environment, economy, and the health and safety of surfers and marine life.

SEA LEVEL RISE & EROSION

While coastal erosion is perfectly natural, development along the coast has made it worse, and climate change induced sea-level rise has made it much worse.

WATER QUALITY

Industrial waste, fertilizers, sewage, toxic runoff, and pesticides have negative effects on the health of surfers and nearshore marine life around the world.​

CORAL REEF IMPACT

As corals are destroyed through harmful run-off, destructive fishing practices, and climate change, both the critical ecosystems and the structures that create the waves that we love are lost.

ACCESS

Development and privatization of the coast cuts off local access and enjoyment to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Everyone should be able to enjoy their coastlines and waves.

Protect the places you love.

Donate today and make a global impact for our coastlines. 

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