January 23, 2013 – World Surfing Reserves and Save The Waves Coalition are excited to announce that Bahia Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico, has been formally approved as a World Surfing Reserve. The Bahia Todos Santos Reserve, or Todos Santos Bay, will be a surf zone that extends from the surf break Stacks just south of San Miguel, to Isla Todos Santos to the west (including the famous big-wave break Killers), and to Salsipuedes to the north.
Bahia Todos Santos becomes the sixth site to receive World Surfing Reserve status, and the second in Latin America, following the recent approval of Huanchaco, Peru. Several local organizations were involved with its application for World Surfing Reserve status, including Ensenada-based SURF-ENS, Mexican NGO Pronatura and environmental nonprofit WiLDCOAST, and will be involved with the implementation and ongoing management of the Reserve.
“Bahia Todos Santos is an amazing environmental and recreational treasure,” said Fernando Marvan, president of SURF-ENS. “The community is overwhelmingly excited and honored to receive the World Surfing Reserve approval. We look forward to implementing the reserve and significantly increasing environmental protection of the region.”
The area in and around Bahia Todos Santos is known for its quality surf and beautiful topography, and draws local and visiting surfers alike. Mexico’s surfing history can be traced here, with San Miguel being one of the first waves to be surfed consistently by visiting Southern California surfers beginning in the late 50s. The San Miguel Surf Club was also Mexico’s very first surf club.
Bahia Todos Santos not only provides a playground for surfers, but is one of the most unique coastal landscapes in the Californias with towering cliffs and headlands, islands, natural bays and points.It also provides habitat for a robust coastal and marine ecosystem, including numerous fish, crustacean, and bird species, and is a migratory stopping point for gray whales.
Stay tuned for more news and progress in the coming months about the dedication and implementation of Bahia Todos Santos as a World Surfing Reserve, which is anticipated to happen in 2013.
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About World Surfing Reserves
World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates, and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. WSR is an initiative launched by Save The Waves Coalition in 2009 in conjunction with National Surfing Reserves Australia and other partners.
USA contact: Dean LaTourrette, WSR Executive Committee: +1-415-596-7873 •firstname.lastname@example.org