The recently declared Bahía Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve is starting 2015 with a diverse program of activities. Working not only with conservation groups such as Save The Waves, Pronatura, Wild Coast and SurfEns, but also with local officials and the community, the surfing reserve is promoting initiatives that seek to protect the natural and cultural heritage of Bahía Todos Santos. One of these initiatives is to declare San Miguel watershed as Baja California’s first State Park and protect the ecosystem that contributes necessary sand and cobblestones to form the classic wave at San Miguel. By February 2015 this campaign has acquired half of the 10,000 signatures needed to urge the Governor of Baja to approve San Miguel State Park.
On February 20th, the team of Bahía Todos Santos WSR, Save The Waves and Pronatura Ensenada participated on a workshop organized by United Athletes of The Pacific Ocean (UAPO), as part of San Miguel Open 2015. Mara Arroyo, Reserve manager, talked to the local community and visitors about the meaning and tangible impacts of being a World Surfing Reserve and Trent Hodges, STW Surfonomics Fellow, explained the findings of the Surfonomics study he is conducting in Ensenada. Mariella Saenz form Pronatura gave a presentation on the Arroyo de San Miguel State Park project. There were also presentations for local groms Alex Reynolds from International Surfing Association (ISA) and professional and very successful young surfer Key Kobayashi from Team O’Neill. On the same weekend, during the San Miguel Open 2015, locals and visitors showed their support for #SaveSanMiguel. It was great to see the event organizers and all the local groups working together and making a great event, in spite of the complicated weather conditions.
Join supporters of the Bahía Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve this Saturday, the 28th of February at The Kraken, for a night fun and film screenings. All proceeds will benefit the Bahía Todos Santos WSR.