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Our Top Ten Moments of 2022

2022 was an amazing year for our Coalition! 

We’re looking back on our Top Ten Moments – from across the globe, through local and global projects, we’re preserving surf ecosystems and protecting the places we love. 

Thank you to all our partners and supporters for making these milestones possible. 

Let’s go!

1

Dedicated Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica as the first World Surfing Reserve in Central America, providing protection for 8 KMs of coastline and implementing 3 major stewardship projects around water quality and coastal erosion, urban planning and design, and environmental education.

2

Nominated North Devon as the 12th World Surfing Reserve, expanding conservation for over 8 spots and 30 km of coastline in the UK

3

Presented at the UN Ocean Conference in Portugal and Our Ocean Conference in Palau, representing surfers and securing commitments to include surf breaks in conservation efforts.

4

Continued our efforts to save Punta Conejo, raised the alarm about a PEMEX oil spill and called for protected areas around three surf spots, and 1,100 hectares of mangrove wetlands.

5

Expanded the Save The Waves App by 25% with 8 new partnerships in our data sharing program to tackle coastal issues in real time.

6

Conducted important outreach to Azorean communities across 6 islands to inform the Marine Spatial Plan that will protect 98 surf ecosystems across the archipelago.

7

Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve, opening the door for efforts to create a network of surf protected areas in California.

8

Advocated for waves across The Maldives, providing input to the government and our partners on the countries’ first Surf Management Plan to preserve 2 of the best waves on Thanburudhoo island.

9

Created an innovative scheme for the world’s first surf ecosystem insurance, winning the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance Project.

10

Started work to create national Surf Protected Area Networks throughout Costa Rica with support with Conservation International and WSL, and established key partnerships with governmental agencies and local communities in 2 different regions.

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