Thursday, April 29, 2010

Life Is A Wave On May 27

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Life Is A Wave
Save The Waves Coalition's annual fundraiser
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Featuring music by Jon Swift, Funky C, Xperimento, DJ M3, DJ Solomon, DJ Boogie
Live & Silent Auctions
Art, Music, Film, Environment, Surf, Community
Honoring special guest Paul Naude

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May 6 is Ocean Beach Meeting With DPW

Save the date! Thursday, May 6 at 6:30pm, San Francisco's Department of Public Works is holding a community meeting and presentation about its work at Ocean Beach, including their emergency work on Sloat Boulevard erosion and the Merced Wastewater Tunnel. Please attend:

WHAT: Ocean Beach Community Meeting
WHERE: The Janet Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Drive, San Francisco
WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 6:30pm-8pm
WHY: Because our local beaches are eroding and our streets and sewers are falling into the ocean due to poor planning and rising sea levels.

>>> More info at and at San Francisco Surfrider Erosion Blog.


Friday, April 23, 2010

This Wave Would Be Buried by a Breakwater

A Reason for Surfers to Stop Visiting Ensenada? Proposed Port Expansion Could Destroy Baja Surf Spots:

A new coastal development proposal for the Baja Norte coast could alter some of Ensenada’s best surf spots. According to Zach Plopper of WiLDCOAST, “The Sauzal Port Development project would expand the existing port north of Ensenada with a breakwater extension and additional jetties, destroying Tres “M”s and Stacks and potentially damaging Baja’s iconic San Miguel.“

A public hearing was held in late April about Ensenada's Sauzal port development and numerous local residents and surfers expressed their opposition to the project. Eight out of 10 public speakers at the meeting were in opposition to the project. According to José Puig, of local surfer-environmental group Surf-Ens, "Several of the area's best surf spots are at serious risk of being destroyed. A big industrial port would be an eyesore at the entrance of this city driven by tourism, not to mention a reason for surfers to stop going to Ensenada."

The three stage project would cover over 500 acres of coastline and likely usher in additional development along the San Miguel-Ensenada corridor. Over 150 people were in attendance at Wednesday's meeting, including representatives of Surf-Ens, WildCoast, and local surfers. The public opinion was overwhelmingly against the proposed project.

Stay tuned as Save The Waves learns more about this development, its feasibility and its threats to the coastline. Baja California is famous for half-baked coastal projects such as this that are only partially developed but end up being nuisances and eyesores for everyone involved. We will be collaborating with WiLDCOAST, Surf-Ens and local opposition to do everything we can to protect the surfing areas of Baja Norte.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Santa Cruz Fundraiser this Wednesday!

Please join us this Wednesday, April 28 in Santa Cruz:

// April 28 // 7pm // Crepe Place // 1134 Soquel Avenue //
// Live music by '7 Come 11' // $10-$25 admission donation //

// a fundraiser for Save The Waves Chile Earthquake & Tsunami Relief //

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recap of World Surfing Reserves Online Vote Campaign

Save The Waves wishes to thank Body Glove and Surfline for their support towards bringing increased awareness to the World Surfing Reserves (WSR) program and 2010 as the year of global surf spot enshrinements.

WSR seeks to identify and enshrine the most important and cherished surf areas around the world, in partnership with local surf communities. Each WSR is a meeting of land and sea selected for the unique and salutary nature of its waves, surf history and natural setting. The dedication of each WSR seeks the protection of this coastal zone of waves and habitat from wanton destruction and exploitation - through no other mechanism but the positive force of appreciation and valuation.

The "Vote for your Favorite and Most Sacred Wave" campaign has reinforced this mission and has proven to be a useful tool for Save The Waves to have an initial indicator of community support towards the enshrinement of specific iconic waves from around the world.

Through this voting process, STW learned that Trestles was the most voted wave (354 votes), proving it's still on the mind of most surfers as an endangered wave. Faraway waves such as G-Land and Teauhpoo got significant votes (more than 100), epic Northern California (ok officially Central California!) waves such as Mavericks and Santa Cruz got less than 75 votes, while Southern California gems such as Malibu and Black's Beach both received over 75 votes. Finally, world-class surf zones such as Ericeira and Hossegor in Europe, Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, North Narrabeen, Manly Beach and Burleigh Heads in Australia got less than 30, while Raglan in New Zealand and Punta de Lobos in Chile got around 50 votes.

Ongoing evaluation of community support means connecting with local national surfing federations, local surf club representatives, local environmental organizations, local surf businesses, local policy-makers and local story-tellers to establish a group of people who can be representative stewards of the surf spot.

In late 2009, more than 40 sites from a pool of over 125 iconic beaches nominated by 34 countries were scored and selected as WSR eligible by our Vision Council (VC). The VC scores waves based on three fundamental criteria: 1) Quality and Consistency of Wave/Surf Zone; 2) Surf Culture and History of Wave/Surf Zone and 3) Environmental Characteristics of Wave/Surf Zone and neighboring areas.

The naming of the specific WSR eligible sites that will be enshrined in 2010 is anticipated soon, according to Dean LaTourrette, Executive Director of Save The Waves Coalition. "In 2009 STW focused on creating a nomination process that could be as inclusive of all surfing communities, yet have explicit global legitimacy - through our partnership with the International Surfing Association and National Surfing Reserves - Australia as well as important meetings with UNESCO Staff in Paris we achieved our goal. We are now ready for 2010 as the year of global surf spot enshrinement!"

Stay tuned for updates on enshrinement events and ways to participate in the World Surfing Reserves movement.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Chile tsunami relief - a new film by Save The Waves:

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