Baja, Mexico


The Bahía de Todos Santos area is an epicenter for surfing in Mexico. From San Miguel to the other end of the bay, in this small area lie point breaks, beach breaks and world-class big-wave venues. It’s a paradise for all surfers, from the beginner to the most established big-wave surfers in the world.

Blessed with a bounty of good fortune and good surf, it is our duty to protect the Bahía de Todos Santos area. We can’t reproduce the surf breaks that Ensenada holds, and if they disappear they’re gone for good. The area is one of the true treasures of the surfing world. I hope future generations will be able to enjoy similar experiences like the ones I have shared with you.

-Gary Linden
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Why BahIa?

By Jose “Yo-yo” Puig

México is a country where the large major cities on the coast have very few public spaces, and as a result the beach often serves as an unofficial park. It is a natural open space with free access, a place to walk and relax. Families spend their Sundays on the sand, people of all walks of life enjoy a multitude of aquatic sports, and fishing is both a popular pastime as well as a means of putting food on the table.

The Pacific coast of México is blessed with some of the best surf breaks in the world. Baja Californians are fortunate to have in our heritage Todos Santos, San Miguel, Salsipuedes, and too many others to name here. Today we also have the distinct honor of caretaking the first World Surfing Reserve in Mexico, a great achievement, source of pride, and important responsibility.

Bahía de Todos Santos serves as the first surf reserve in México because the local people understand the need to conserve it. Primary of the Reserve include continuing to guarantee access to the beaches, recognition of the historical importance in the development of surfing at the national and international level, and valuing surfings current recreational pursuit as strength in the positive identity of Baja California.

Ensenada is largely considered the birthplace of Mexican surfing. It has a history that spans the last half century, during which time a distinctly recognizable surf culture has taken root, from the pioneers in the 1960s that came looking for waves through today’s big-wave heroes conquering 60-foot waves at La Isla Todos Santos. It doesn’t take a big swell to attract dozens of people to the beach or trucks with California license plates heading south down Mexico Highway One. With every passing swell there is more awareness of surfing as a non-renewable recreational resource. The importance of preserving local surf breaks is paramount to a healthy economy. The environment is another important factor that was taken into consideration in the naming of Bahía Todos Santos as a surf reserve.There is a rich diversity of species that depend on the intertidal and coastal zones to survive, areas which will be protected by the Reserve.

Attributes of a World Surfing Reserve


Local Stewardship COuncil

President: Fernando Marvan

Reserve Manager: Mara Arroyo Rodriguez

Ambassador: Gary Linden

Mariella Olimipia
Matilda Saenz Chavez
Pronatura Noroeste
Zachary Plopper


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