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This Is How a Wave Becomes a World Surfing Reserve and Why We Should All Care

Juan Hernandez - The Inertia
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December 28, 2015
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Deciding the next World Surfing Reserve... (SaveTheWaves)

The term “World Surfing Reserve” might not be a distinction every surfer completely understands. What happens to a surf spot or region once it earns the title? What’s the benefit? Who decides so? And what do they all do to make that determination? Of course all of these questions are also pieces of the more important “why should I care?”

The first World Surfing Reserve wasn’t established until 2009, when the Save the Waves Coalition gave Malibu’s perfect peeling rights the title. Since then we’ve seen six more stretches of coastline across the globe join that club. So in the grand scheme of things this is all still pretty fresh, with little time to sit back and acknowledge what kind of impact becoming a World Surfing Reserve will actually have on our favorite waves.

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