Save the Waves Coalition, Surfrider, and Billabong officially declare Malibu a Surfing Reserve, part of a global effort to protect iconic surf-spots. SWELL caught up with Chairman of Surfrider West-La/Malibu, Drew Albenze to figure out just what a “Surfing Reserve” means.
SWELL: What is a Surfing Reserve and Why Malibu?
Drew: World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. The program will create a global network of designated surfing reserves that are internationally and regionally recognized.
Malibu’s Surfrider beach is an iconic break. Despite its pop status as the epitome of Southern California surf culture, it is being threatened. This distinction provides recognition by international surfing and environmental communities, as well as the general public – uniting them in protecting this iconic surf zone.
What kind of threats are these iconic surf spots facing?
The threats are multi-faceted and include (among other things) coastal development, urban runoff, and lack of proper education about our watersheds. All of these factors threaten the integrity, safety, and quality of our waves.
Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches through activism, education, conservation, and research. Partnering with Save the Waves Coalition was a natural fit for us, and we are inspired to have the very first WSR dedication in our backyard!
What kind of Festivities are planned for Saturday’s Dedication?
The events for the dedication start with a sunrise paddle out at 7am to celebrate. All are welcome. The dedication ceremony kicks off at 11am on the sand. Key partners, including Surfrider Foundation West Los Angeles / Malibu Chapter and the local stewardship council, will be on hand.
A fundraiser/celebration is also planned for 7pm at Duke’s Malibu featuring the music of John Swift.
What other destinations are on the list to become Surfing Reserve?
Thats a question that the people at Save the Waves constantly re-evaluate. Check their website for a look at their agenda http://www.savethewaves.org
Thanks for all your hard work protecting our aquatic playgrounds. Anything else we should know about this or any other happenings in your zone?
Thanks! We appreciate the support from partners like Swell.
Surfrider Foundation West Los Angeles / Malibu chapter would particularly like to highlight our recent victory on September 22, 2010 when The CA State Water Board voted unanimously (5 – 0) to approve the septic prohibition in the Malibu Civic Center Area. This is the culmination of a multi-decade effort and huge win for improved water quality.
We are also currently running education based programs in the LA area, including Ocean Friendly Gardens and Rise Above Plastics
We continually recruit new activists to strengthen our efforts and always in need of volunteers!
Finally, we are planning a fun Halloween themed fundraising event on Friday Oct 29th to benefit the fight to save the Gaviota Coast – which is also being threatened by development. Please check our website for details on all this and more
Join the fun in style by picking up your Surfrider Membership Tee-Shirt right here at SWELL.