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Surf protection, World Surf Reserves & Case Studies

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This is a summary of a presentation that Chad Nelsen gave at the Surfrider Foundation International Conference in Japan in October 2010. …

This is a summary of a presentation that Chad Nelsen gave at the Surfrider Foundation International Conference in Japan in October 2010.

It represents Surfrider Foundation's current thinking about surf protection, world surfing reserves and efforts to protect surfing areas.

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  • Our iconic waves deserve protection    
    a. the world's best surfing areas are very special and rare (Pipeline, Teahupoo, Jeffery's Bay, Cloud Break, Uluwatu, Mundaka, Trestles,Kirra, to name a few...)    
    b. many of these places are threatened     
    c. tehy do not have protected status
  • 2. Humans have a history of protecting special places for their unique geography and recreational uses    
    a. Yellowstone (image) was the world's first true national park (1872)    
    b. World Heritage sites are a global designation of special site (image: Great Barrier Reef)    
    c. We believe spots should also have protected status
  • Great Barrier Reef – world heritage site


  • Killer Dana – lost to harbor construction in 1966


  • World Surfing Reserves (WSR)     a. Driven by Save the Waves (small NGO)     b. Modelled after NSR in Australia: http://www.surfingreserves.org/     c. Committee to identify surfing areas / criteria     d. Local support     e. Enshrinement


  • 6. Salva Tres Palmas     a. Marine reserve designed to protect a surfing area     b. Legally established based on habitat     c. Management plan / legal protection     d. Expensive & time consuminghttp://www.surfrider.org/rincon
  • 7. Malibu     a. Iconic wave: Famous & history high quality wave     b. Birth place of Surfrider Foundation     c. Strong local support: Malibu Surfing Association     d. Enshrinement on Oct. 9th

    http://www.savethewaves.org/malibu
  • 8. Malibu: water quality     a. Malibu's #1 threat: water quality     b. Septics/Sewer     c. Strong coalition     d. Recent victory
    http://surfriderwlam.org/cleanthebu/
  • 8. Malibu: water quality     a. Malibu's #1 threat: water quality     b. Septics/Sewer     c. Strong coalition     d. Recent victory
  • 9. What is Surf Protection really?      a. WSR or other protected status     b. Protection of Water Quality     c. Threats from Coastal Development     d. Preserving the Heritage
  • 10. Surf Protection Case examples:    
    Mundaka - Surfrider Europe
    http://www.ripcurlplanet.com/aid=26.phtml
    Mundaka Water Quality: http://bit.ly/9GeUj7
  • -Trestles - Surfrider Foundation - USA
    http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles/     -Malibu - Surfrider Foundation / Save the Waves / Local Coalition     -Kirra - Surfrider Australia




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