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June 25, 2014

BAHIA DE TODOS SANTOS BECOMES MEXICO'S FIRST WORLD SURFING RESERVE

The "Birthplace of Mexican Surfing" becomes the world's sixth World Surfing Reserve
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Surfers celebrate the Bahia de Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve with a ceremonial paddle out at San Miguel

WILDCOAST, World Surfing Reserves, Save The Waves Coalition, PRONATURA Noroeste and Surf Ens  dedicated last weekend Bahia de Todos Santos in Ensenada as the world’s sixth World Surfing Reserve and the first in Mexico. The Reserve extends from the surf break Stacks just south of San Miguel, to Isla Todos Santos in the west (including the famous big-wave break Killers), to Salsipuedes to the north. The Reserve includes five of Mexico’s best and most popular surf spots.
 
“Bahia de Todos Santos is an environmental and recreational treasure for the region,” explained Zach Plopper, Coastal and Marine Director of WILDCOAST. “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,” said Fernando Marvan, Director of Surf Ens.

The area in and around Bahia de Todos Santos is known for its world-class surf, biodiversity and beauty. 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 Mexico’s very first surf club.

Bahia de Todos Santos not only provides a playground for local and visiting 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, crustaceans, marine mammals and bird species, and is a migratory stopping point for gray whales.

The dedication ceremony included  presentations by local authoritoes, dignitaries, professional surfers, and NGO leaders, a dance and prayer by the local Kumeyaay community, a paddle out and an after party at Kraken Urban Market. Thank you to the local surfing community of Ensenada, all those that came out in support and our generours sponsors including Wendlandt Brewery.