On 24th and 25th October SOS – Save our Surf participated in the most important environmental conference held on waves in the world today, the Global Wave Conference held in the Basque Country.
The Global Wave Conference, a memorable and pioneering event where various associations related to the protection of waves joined for the first time to share with the audience their experiences, achievements and frustrations. During the two days, Biarritz and San Sebastian were the scene of an event that promises to become history.
Marked by intensity of the sessions, attendees of the Global Wave Conference met over the two days for more than two dozen lectures relating to the protection of waves which was divided into three major themes: The value of waves; Threats and Strategies for protecting waves. The highlights were presentations by Chad Nelson (Surfrider Foundation) on the example of the mythical wave Trestles, Taha Al Azzawi, the French sociologist, on the social value of surfing and waves and Will Henry (Save the Wave Coalition) who spoke about the bad example of the regional government of Madeira which ended up damaging the wave Jardim do Mar. There was also SOS – Save our Surf represented by Manuel Guerra, coordinator of SOS’s legal department, who presented a lecture entitled “Waves saved and waves lost in Portugal “(soon available on video).
After two days of sharing, all the associations present at the Global Wave Conference decided to take another important step by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, which was recorded in the will of all, to work together for the benefit of the waves and surfing (video coming soon on SOS – Save our Surf’s Facebook page).
SOS – Save our Surf left the Basque Country reinforced with the conviction that we are not alone in defending the waves and that finally new international movements are beginning to emerge in order to protect waves. The inspiring experiences shared at the Global Wave Conference give us more strength to continue to work towards saving waves.
Many thanks to all who have helped us on this journey!