Protected areas

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

Save The Waves achieves long-term conservation goals and creates impact from the ground up through our two global programs: World Surfing Reserves (WSRs) and Surf Protected Area Networks (SPANs). 


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


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

recent news in Protected areas

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.

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Iconic Punta de Lobos Protected Forever
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10,000 Acre Sanctuary Created in Chile
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Huanchaco Granted Federal Protection
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Cruise Terminal Prevented on Gold Coast
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How do we create protected areas?

We use a combination of voluntary conservation agreements, economic incentives, coalition-building and regulatory frameworks to achieve this goal by creating individual Reserves (WSRS) and Networks (SPANS). 

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