In what is sure to be a monumental partnership in the race to protect surf breaks world wide, the Save The Waves Coalition and the International Surfing Association (ISA) have ljoined to launch the World Surfing Reserves program. “The ISA is very pleased to act as a catalyst in this new program,” said Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association. “We’re not saving the waves for surfers, because we’re surfers. We’re protecting these special places as citizens of the world, because community surfing areas are not only an important part of the natural coastal environment, but they are increasingly an important part of local and national culture…” Dean LaTourrette, executive director of Save The Waves, explained that the ISA’s support was critical toward future efforts in reaching regional leaders where wave zones are located. “Without the grassroots support of local communities, we couldn’t move forward with this program.” Other key elements of the program will include the creation of a World Wave Sites Fund to finance signage, research, and campaigns for the protection of waves, and pending partnerships and endorsements with the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), National Surfing Reserves (NSR) Australia, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Center, Global Heritage Fund (GHF), as well as other groups that will help support and implement the program worldwide.Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.