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We Protect Steward Defend Surf Ecosystems.

We believe that legally protected areas, effective stewardship and a mobilized constituency result in healthy and protected surf ecosystems.


We create well-managed protected areas in high priority coastal ecosystems that overlap with high quality surf. 


We engage and aid communities in the ongoing effective management of surf ecosystems. 


We mount international campaigns to defend surf ecosystems under threat and inspire the public to take action.

Protected Areas

We protect surf ecosystems by creating protected areas in high priority coastal ecosystems that overlap with high quality surf. 


Our flagship program that protects and preserves outstanding surf breaks and their surrounding coastline.


A cutting-edge conservation approach to protecting surf ecosystems that overlap with biodiversity hotspots.

Program Highlight:


Save The Waves launched a new initiative for creating SPANs in the Azores through the Blue Azores program with Waitt Foundation.

Ongoing campaigns

International campaigns to preserve and defend threatened waves and valuable surf ecosystems – from Mexico to The Maldives.

Save Our Waves Maldives
The Maldives
Salvemos Punta Conejo
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Empowering surfers and beach lovers to become real-time coastal stewards, and turning everyday global citizens into citizen scientists.

recent news in programs

Our Top Ten Moments of 2022

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

On The Ground Update: North Devon WSR

Since the announcement of North Devon U.K. as the next World Surfing Reserve in April of 2022, the Local Stewardship Council has been hard at work developing its unique stewardship plan, responding to urgent threats to the surf ecosystem, hosting events, and preparing for their dedication in 2023.    Building a Strong Team A key element

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