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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.

PROTECT.

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

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

DEFEND.

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. 

WORLD SURFING RESERVES

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

SURF PROTECTED AREA NETWORKS

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

Program Highlight:

THE AZORES, PORTUGAL

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
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Salvemos Punta Conejo
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Save The Waves App

Empowering surfers and beach lovers to become real-time coastal stewards, and turning everyday global citizens into citizen scientists.

recent news in programs

North Devon: The Quintessential UK Surf Ecosystem

As surfers, we value places with good waves, but there are other factors that keep us enchanted and hooked to our favorite coastal zones. Selected as the next World Surfing Reserve North Devon embodies the definition of a surf ecosystem.

North Devon announced as 12th World Surfing Reserve

Breaking News: North Devon has been selected at the 12th World Surfing Reserve! This international designation recognises the area’s outstanding quality surfing beaches, and brings together the local community to celebrate and protect their coastal heritage.

What We Do: Protect

At Save The Waves, we strive to do more than react to immediate threats to surf breaks: we work hard to proactively conserve surf ecosystems and create surf protected areas.

Surf Conservation as a Lifeline

Written by Laura Zumbado. For me, conservation is a lifeline. Protecting these ecosystems is vital to enjoy the wellbeing they bring to us.

Protect the places you love.

Donate today and make a global impact for our coastlines. 

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