Surf Protection
May 01 2013

Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

by Chad Nelsen

Starting Sunday, the third Global Wave Conference will take place in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The conference is being organized by Surfrider USA and Wildcoast to bring together the world's surf protection NGOs, researchers and academic institutions to focus on wave protection.

You can see the agenda here (English and Spanish).

The first Global Wave Conference was organized in 2010 by Dr. Tony Butt and Dr. Angel Lobo Rodrigo and was held in the Canary Islands with a focus on waves as a natural resource, the value of waves and sustainable intervention. See poster below. The second GWC, held in Biarritz, France and San Sebastian, Spain continued those themes and exanded the number of participants. At that conference the groups identified the need to work together more closely to effectively address global threats to surfing.

This year's conference is designed to promote exchange of ideas, sharing of wave protection tools and resources and to figure out how to develop an effective global surf protection network. This year's conference also has a nice focus on Mexican surf protection efforts in Baja California and in Oaxaca.

Topics include surf protection in Mexico, surfonomics, wave conservation efforts like World Surfing Reserves and SAS's Protect our Waves campaign. 

We have attendance representing ten countries representing some of the world's leading surf protection organizations, including Surfers Against Sewage, Save the Waves, Salvemos Surf, Surfrider Europe, Surfrider US, Wildcoast and others.

Unfortunately, some of the leading New Zealand and Australian organizations are not able to attend this year. The NZ Surfbreak Protection Society and Australia's National Surfing Reserves will be missed.

Many of the attendees will be live tweeting the event using #gwc2013, which is great a way to follow along and chime in. We will also be posting a number of follow ups to the conference once it concludes.

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