Declared World Surfing Reserves

Malibu, California, USA

Two generations of surfers used Malibu as the definition and focus for California surf culture. It was arguably the epicenter of the 50’s and 60’s surf culture. It also served as the setting for a girl named Gidget, who brought more notoriety to surfing than any other female in sports history.

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Ericeira, Portugal

The Ericeira World Surfing Reserve is a world-class surf zone encompassing approximately 8 km of coastline. It contains a high density of outstanding surf breaks, including iconic breaks such as Ribeira d’Ilhas and Coxos, among others.

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Manly Freshwater, Australia

Manly is recognized as the birthplace of Australian surfing. Site of the first recorded body surfing in 1890’s, first legal surf bathing (1902), first surf life saving club (1903), first surfboat (1903), first boardriding (1910), Freshwater was the site of Duke Kahanamoku’s famous surfing display in 1913.

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Santa Cruz, USA

At least 23 consistent surf breaks are sited along this coast, including the world-class breaks of Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point. Most are reef or beach breaks with a few outstanding point breaks, and almost all naturally break right within this zone. Winter is always the best time for surfing consistent waves.

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Huanchaco, Peru

Huanchaco is known as a destination in Peru for its consistent, clean surf and ancient pre-Colombian history as a seafaring town. The strong ocean culture of Huanchaco is also credited with being the birthplace of Peru’s “caballito de totora” – one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts used to ply the waves for both work and pleasure.

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Bahia Todos Santos, Mexico

Most impressive is the high quality of waves found within the Reserve boundaries, which include Salsipuedes, San Miguel, 3M’s, Stacks and the big wave spot Killers on Isla Todos Santos. With a large swell window exposed to both north and south swell angles, Bahía de Todos Santos has waves year round, although winter time northwest swells produce the best waves.

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Punta de Lobos, Chile

Punta de Lobos is one of the most iconic left-hand pointbreaks in the world and one of Chile’s best known waves. Characterized by a number of rideable sections, it is not uncommon for the sections to connect and 800m + rides to occur during large swells. It breaks in all conditions, from 1m to 10m and hosts the Big Wave World Tour contest, El Ceremonial, when the swell is big enough.

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Gold Coast, Australia

With world class sand bottom point breaks from Burleigh to Snapper and the history, culture and champions that our fine beaches have given rise to, both in surfing and lifesaving, the southern Gold Coast beaches are one of Australia's greatest assets for all to enjoy and showcase to the rest of the world. Please show your support by signing our petition.

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