On Thursday, November 16th, Save The Waves, Fundación Punta de Lobos and Patagonia officially dedicated Punta de Lobos, Chile to be a World Surfing Reserve (WSR). At that same dedication, it was announced the next and 10th WSR will be Noosa, Australia.
Save the Waves dedicates Mirandor Property in Chile as 9th official World Surfing Reserve
In an moving ceremony, the beautiful Mirador Property was transferred to become the 9th official World Surfing Reserve. At the ceremony were Punta de Lobos’ legend Ramon Navarro, alongside Patagonia Ambassadors Greg Long, Kyle Thiermann, Kohl Christensen and Otto Flores. There were also celebrated locals at the Fundación Punta de Lobos, and Jack and Kim Johnson were in attendance. It was a big day all around.
“Today is a huge leap forward for the protection of Punta de Lobos, and the conservation of our coastlines in Chile,” – Ramon Navarro.
With the support of Patagonia, the Marisla Foundation, Packard Foundation, Waitt Foundation and with over 900 individual donors, Save The Waves and partners were able to raise over $750,000 toward the purchase of the property.
“This was an ambitious stretch goal with a lot of peak and valleys along the way. We are incredibly proud to be able to achieve this first important conservation milestone and officially add Punta de Lobos to the World Surfing Reserve roster”, says Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director of Save The Waves. “It is fitting that we announce Noosa as the next and 10th WSR from such an iconic place.”
In 2015, Save The Waves and Patagonia launched the “Lobos Por Siempre” campaign following the Chris Malloy film with the hopes of raising enough money to purchase the 4.5 acre Mirador Property. This incredible parcel of land sits at the very tip of Punta de Lobos. It was purchased by Chilean Philanthropist Nico Davis and held in agreement to sell only to the local Fundación once the money had been raised.
Noosa next on the WSR List
On the other side of the globe, the community of Noosa celebrates the new announcement with elation.
“We are incredibly stoked and humbled to be joining this network of amazing surf locations around the world,” says Phil Jarratt, legendary surf journalist and WSR Noosa President. “It is a crowning achievement for Noosa, and our deepest congratulations go to our friends in Chile”.
Noosa was chosen as the 10th World Surfing Reserve for its beautiful point breaks and visionary coastal conservation.
About Save The Waves:
Save The Waves protects coastal ecosystems around the world in partnership with local communities, utilizing a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.
About World Surfing Reserves((WRS): a program of Save The Waves, proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world. The program serves as a global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas
Live Stream of the ceremony: @SaveTheWaves Facebook @ – Nov. 16, 12:00PM PST
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