The Hermosa Beach application demonstrated that the famous surfing beach deserved the World Surfing Reserve title due to
the incredible biodiversity of the area, strong community support, a clearly articulated conservation vision, as well as its world-class waves.
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Published Thursday, September 24, 2020


Hermosa Beach recognized as
the Next World Surfing Reserve


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Save The Waves Coalition announced on Wednesday that Hermosa Beach, located in Garabito Canton, Puntarenas Province, has officially been approved as the next World Surfing Reserve, WSR.

“Hermosa Beach was a perfect candidate for the WSR designation. With its incredible biodiversity and environmental attributes as well as a clear conservation vision for the future, this surf ecosystem is very deserving of the title,” Nik Strong-Cvetich, Save The Waves Coalition’s Executive Director said. “This is also a very exciting pick for the network and program as it will be the first World Surfing Reserve in Central America.”

According to the organization, the decision made by the Vision Council, a governing body of surf and conservation experts appointed by Save The Waves, was made during the Global Wave Conference on February 14 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Every year, many surf communities with incredible waves and rich surf ecosystems submit an application to receive the prestigious title, but only one is ultimately selected, Save The Waves Coalition said in its statement.

The Hermosa Beach application demonstrated that the famous surfing beach deserved the World Surfing Reserve title due to the incredible biodiversity of the area, strong community support, a clearly articulated conservation vision, as well as its world-class waves, they said.

According to the Coalition, Hermosa Beach is the center of surfing in Costa Rica and every year hosts surfers from around the world who seek out the renowned waves at the beach break.

World Surfing Reserves is a program of Save The Waves which 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 by recognizing and protecting the key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas, they said.

The World Surfing Reserve will also serve as a launching point for Surf Protected Area Networks across Costa Rica under the Surf Conservation Partnership, an alliance between Conservation International and Save The Waves.

The two organizations will work together with the Costa Rican government and local communities to protect critical surf ecosystems across the country in the coming years, the Coalition said in its statement.

Hermosa Beach will join the growing network of World Surfing Reserves across the globe including:

• Malibu and Santa Cruz in California, U.S.

• Ericeira in Portugal.

• Manly Beach in Australia.

• Huanchaco in Peru.

• Bahia Todos Santos in Baja California, Mexico.

• Punta de Lobos in Chile.

• Gold Coast in Australia.

• Guarda do Embaú in Brazil.

• Noosa Heads, Australia.

Hermosa Beach is moving forward with the development of its stewardship plan and will be formally dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve in 2021.

Due to the impacts of covid-19, Save The Waves is delaying the application process in 2020 for the next World Surfing Reserve nomination and will make a call for submissions in 2021.






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