THE ENDANGERED WAVES APP
Empowering surfers and beach lovers to become real-time coastal stewards, and turning everyday global citizens into citizen scientists.
Save The Waves will use this data to better track and prioritize coastal threats, educate users, and share with coastal agencies and partners to take action worldwide.
THE DIRTY WAVE CHALLENGE
With hundreds of photos submitted from over 10 countries as part of the Dirty Wave Challenge, Save The Waves is excited to announce the winner of the 5K stewardship fund!
Fijian Pro Surfer and Vice President of the Fiji Surfing Association, Hannah Bennett, submitted the winning posts on the Endangered Waves App. We documented Hannah’s journey with Save The Waves Ambassador Cliff Kapono. The prize money went directly to Hannah to help support the only going stewardship and cleaning of the rivers and beaches on Viti Levu in partnership with the Fiji Surfing Association.
Learn more about the Dirty Wave Challenge and Hannah’s efforts here.
How Does The App Work?
Download the App.
See issue at your spot and take a photo.
Select an issue from the threat category.
Tag your location.
Take action and share to social media.
Recognize & Report Coastal Threats
If you see a significant amount of oil, either coming from land or sea, document it. Obtain overall perspective on shoreline types and degree of contamination in the area of impact.
Indications of a sewage spill: reddish, brown, or yellow hue; odor that smells like gasoline fumes, rotten eggs, raw sewage, or has a sour smell; cloudy discharge; floating solids or foam in the water.
If you see a significant impact to the beach/coast from plastic, trash or marine debris. Try to document what types of products, and whether they came from the land or the sea.
If you see a large change in the coastal environment from erosion. Try to feature something human to show scale of event.
If there is a barrier to once was an accessible coastline, we want to know about it. Feature the barrier and describe the change.
Document other threats like stranded marine mammals, other illegal development or coastal hazards.