Protecting our Surfing Heritage Through World Surfing Reserves
Carlsbad Patch - almost 6 years
One of the most innovative tools for the conservation of surf spots has been the development of Surfing Reserves. Pioneered by Brad Farmer in Australia, the Davenport-based Save the Waves Coalition has taken the lead on organizing the development of a global network of World Surfing Reserves. Full disclosure: I am a member of the World Surfing Reserve Vision Council.
Here's a Q&A with Katie Westfall, Save the Waves' Environmental and Program Director.
Serge Dedina: Why do surfing areas need to be designated as Surfing Reserves?
Katie Westfall: Natural surf breaks are important public recreational resources. Unspoiled surf spots are unique and rare and important for their ecosystem services, recreational, aesthetic, educational and economic values. On a global scale, surf breaks have been destroyed by coastal development and threatened by water quality issues or closure of beach access. In California alone, several surf spots have been destroyed along the coastline, incl...
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