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Santa Cruz to Welcome the 5th Global Wave Conference in March

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Save The Waves Coalition and the Surfrider Foundation are pleased to announce the 5th Global Wave Conference in Santa Cruz, March 4 - 7, 2018. The conference brings together the best international minds from the surfing, conservation, and innovation communities to tackle the world’s most challenging ocean issues.

“We are excited to co-host the 5th Global Wave Conference, the world’s largest gathering of surf and conservation organizations. Given the scale of threats to our coasts and waves there could not be a more important time to come together and protect what we love,” said Surfrider CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen.

This year’s conference will feature three themes of Land to Sea Connection, Surf + Protected Areas, and Climate Change and Innovation, in a mixture of keynotes, presentations and workshops. Our keynotes for this year are World Surfing Champion, Shaun Tomson; Social Media Guru Guy Kawasaki; famed Marine Biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle; Big Wave Champion Greg Long; Conservation International CEO, M. Sanjayan; acclaimed IMAX filmmaker Greg MacGillivray; Imperial Beach Mayor and Wildcoast CEO Serge Dedina; NY Times bestseller Dr. Wallace J Nichols; and Patagonia Ambassador Liz Clark. The full agenda can be found here:

“We are blessed to have some of the most amazing speakers from around the world, like Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Mexico, Australia, the UK and many more. The quality of the speakers will make this conference unforgettable”, said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.

The goals of the conference are to unite the surf, conservation and technology/innovation communities in conserving our oceans, raise awareness and share best practices from across the world in addressing shared challenges, and create new working connections between diverse geographies and communities.


The conference will kick off Sunday, March 4 with a welcome registration, and run through Wednesday, March 7 with an additional day on March 8 for closed session workshops. Registration is now open and only 250 spots are available. Early bird pricing ends February 1, so get your tickets today.

The Global Wave Conference is supported by: Dream Inn, Resources Legacy Fund, Don Q Rum, Danny Kwock Family Foundation on behalf of SALT. Optics, Ocean Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Patagonia.

For more information on the conference please visit

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Save The Waves Coalition protect and preserve the coastal environment with a focus on the surf zone, through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action.

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

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