Location Sites: Topocalma, Puertecillo and Punta de Lobos

Save The Waves has been collaborating with Chilean non-profits Fundación Rompientes and Corporación Parque Punta de Lobos to create a Surf Protected Area Network in Chile.

Save The Waves hopes that the Piedra del Viento Coastal Marine Sanctuary and Punta de Lobos is an inspiring new approach to marine and coastal conservation around the world. Within Latin America, Save The Waves will continue working with our grassroots partners to establish Surf Protected Areas Networks.

The declaration of a Coastal Marine Sanctuary is only the first step to recognize the invaluable characteristics of this place. The plan moving forward is to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable development of the area.

Felipe Rodríguez

Co-Director Fundación Rompientes



Punta de Lobos was established as a World Surfing Reserve in 2017 after years of efforts under the “Lobos Por Siempre” campaign. 

In Punta de Lobos, together with our local partners of Corporación Parque Punta de Lobos, we will:

  • Help to consolidate a coalition with outreach and engagement with local surf communities and key stakeholders on protected areas and legal protection of waves

  • Improve stewardship at Punta de Lobos and other protected areas

  • Explore sustainable financing opportunities for long-term management for new and existing coastal protected areas, using surfing as a vehicle.

To learn more about our partners Corporación Parque Punta de Lobos, visit www.puntadelobos.org


The Piedra del Viento Coastal Marine Sanctuary is one of the first protected areas to consider wave protection and surfing into the planning process and management plan in Chile. It is one of the first surf ecosystems to be listed under Save The Waves’ Surf Protected Area Networks program and includes classic surf spots Topocalma and Puertecillo. 

Located on Chile’s central coast, the protected area is a direct result of the partnership of Fundación Rompientes and Save The Waves Coalition. The Sanctuary will protect approximately 10,000 acres of coastal, marine, and land area, as well as six surf breaks. This declaration of the Sanctuary also preserves and promotes the cultural heritage related to the practice of collecting seaweed from the shoreline which dates back 300 years. 

At a national level, Fundación Rompientes participates in groups such as Observatorio de la Costa and Costa Chile, which bring together academics and NGOs to discuss public policies related to the coastline. 

To learn more about our partners Fundación Rompientes and the Piedra del Viento Marine Sanctuary, visit www.rompientes.org.


Visiones de éxito en Chile: los esfuerzos colaborativos apuntan a un futuro para una mayor protección de las olas en todo el país

El pasado mes de Septiembre, miembros del staff de Save The Waves visitaron la Reserva Mundial de Surf Punta de Lobos en Pichilemu, y el Santuario Marino Costero Piedra del Viento en Topocalma y Puertecillo, dos proyectos que han sido el parteaguas para la conservación de ecosistemas de surf en Chile, y que han sentado un precedente importante para otras regiones del mundo.

Protecting Waves in the Azores: Where Are We Now?

From hosting youth engagement workshops at schools to attending high-level interregional governmental meetings and international conferences, our team has seriously been making waves in the Azores.

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The Azores Autonomous region (PT: Região Autónoma dos Açores) is an archipelago of nine islands lying on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The Azores archipelago consists of nine volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 1300km west of Portugal. Individual islands in the archipelago are spread across 650km and are commonly broken out into the following groups:

  • Western group: Corvo and Flores

  • Central group: Faial, Graciosa, Pico, São Jorge, and Terceira

  • Eastern group: Santa Maria and São Miguel

Its location makes it ideal for swells from both the southern and northern hemispheres. There is a significant surf culture and history, cultivated throughout many generations of locals.

In addition to supporting the Blue Azores Program, Save The Waves is working to supply information for the ongoing efforts of the Azores Surfing and Bodyboarding Association, the Azores chapter of Surfrider Foundation Europe, Terceira Surfing Association and other organizations working on coastal conservation locally.



Our objective is to harness the power of the sport of surfing and surf communities to create additional marine protected areas in line with the IUCN 30 x 30 goals in the Azores and incorporate surfing into current protected area management plans.


Surf Conservation Index

A report produced by Save The Waves. 

The objective of the Surf Conservation Index is to prioritize individual site locations within the archipelago of the Azores Autonomous Region based on surf quality, human pressure and response, and key social and ecological indicators.

How will this report help protect surf ecosystems? It will:

  1. Identify activities that affect surf breaks and their surrounding environments. 
  2. Facilitate Coalition-building between different groups of stakeholders


Azores Regional Profile

The Regional Profile of the Azorean Archipelago is the first part of a six-step process which aims to protect critical surf ecosystems throughout the island chain.

It gives a detailed description of the surf resources in the islands, provides critical information on biodiversity and the unique geography that creates surf ecosystems in the Azores, provides important information on the socio-economic aspects of surfing, and assesses the opportunities for conservation of surf spots within the context of ongoing Marine Spatial Planning processes. Click to download.

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