Bahia Todos Santos, Mexico

 Iconic breaks protected as Bahia De Todos Santos becomes 6th World Surfing Reserve. 

Ceremonial paddle out celebration for the Bahia de Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve dedication.  Photo: Chuy Garcia

June 22, 2014 - Ensenada, Baja California – The local and international communities came together on Saturday to commemorate and celebrate Bahía de Todos Santos as the sixth World Surfing Reserve. With over 200 people in attendance, the community pride was palpable, underscoring the importance of this designation for the Mexican and international surfing communities. The event also featured speeches by surfing elite Carlos Hernandez and Gary Linden, as well as dignitaries, including representatives of the City of Ensenada, the Secretariat of Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Secretariat of Fisheries (SERNAPESCA), the United States Consul General, ProNatura Noroeste, WILDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE, and Surf ENS.

Chosen for it high quality waves, distinct environmental characteristics, surf history and community support, the Bahía de Todos Santos Reserve hosts a unique combination of these attributes. 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. The strong surfing culture of Bahía de Todos Santos is formidable, with San Miguel credited as the birthplace of Mexican surf culture. 
 
“The event was amazing and the outpouring of community support for the Reserve was truly humbling. It has been a blessing to work with such great partners, and it is now incumbent upon all of us to take this momentum and secure permanent legal protection for places like San Miguel.” said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.
 
Attendees to the World Surfing Reserve dedication came from the local surf community, NGO's, and government dignitaries.  Photo: Chuy Garcia
 
To officially close the event, government officials and local leaders in attendance signed an agreement to formally support the conservation goals outlined in the Reserve Stewardship Plan—the document created by Save The Waves Coalition, Surf ENS, WILDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE and ProNatura Noroeste to guide the management of the newly established Reserve. As the first concrete step in this plan, Save The Waves and the World Surfing Reserve in Bahía de Todos Santos will launch a media campaign to help create first state park in the state of Baja California, led by partner organization ProNatura Noroeste. The proposed state park will protect the critical watershed at Arroyo San Miguel and the sand and cobblestones that create the fabled San Miguel surf spot.
 
 “The health of the watershed and quality of the wave are tied together. Creating the state park will help ensure that the wave quality is protected for the long term”, said Nick Mucha, Environmental and Programs Director for Save The Waves.
 
Photo: Chuy Garcia
 

Iconic breaks of Baja to be protected as Bahia de Todos Santos becomes Sixth World Surfing Reserve.
Official Dedication Ceremony to be held Saturday, June 21st, 2014.

San Miguel, part of the Bahia de Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve.  Photo: Jose Beltran

May 16th, 2014– Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – Bahia de Todos Santos will be officially dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve, Saturday June 21st, 2014, protecting the iconic breaks of the Baja coast from Salsipuedes to Killers.
 
The free event will begin at 3 pm and will feature a community paddle out, performances, a community art project, remarks from invited dignitaries – all to inspire stewardship of the coasts. An evening reception will be held from 6 pm – 12 am at upscale Kraken Restaurant to celebrate the dedication, featuring live music, food, local beers and wines, scheduled remarks, and a photography exhibition of local waves and coastlines.
 
Bahia de Todos Santos received its approval as a World Surfing Reserve in January 2013, for its’ wave quality and consistency, unique environmental characteristics, surf culture and history, and community support. Prominent organizations Ensenada-based SURF-ENS, Mexican NGO Pronatura and environmental NGO WILDCOAST/Costa Salvaje have been deeply involved in the planning and ongoing stewardship of the Reserve.

“The community is overwhelmingly excited and honored to receive the World Surfing Reserve designation,” said Fernando Marvan, president of SURF ENS. “We look forward to implementing the Reserve and improving environmental protection of the region.”

This group of organizations, which forms the local stewardship council, has spent the past six months working with Save The Waves Coalition to develop a stewardship plan to guide the conservation efforts within the Reserve. Notably, the World Surfing Reserve in Bahia de Todos Santos is poised to help create first state park in northern Baja, led by partner organization Pronatura. The proposed state park will protect 6 hectares of critical watershed at Arroyo San Miguel and the sand and cobblestones that create the fabled San Miguel surf spot.
 
“Bahia de Todos Santos is an amazing environmental and recreational treasure”, said Save The Waves Coalition Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich “ and Save The Waves is honored to work on the long term conservation of the Bahia Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve alongside our amazing partners”.


Bahia Todos Santos, Mexico, Approved as World Surfing Reserve

Reserve surf zone to include iconic breaks at San Miguel, Isla Todos Santos and Salsipuedes

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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