Considered one of the best surf spots in the world Guarda do Embaú in South Brazil has just been approved as the the next Word Surfing Reserve (WSR). The 9th and newest WSR induction Guarda do Embaú will join other recognised top surf destinations in the world and previous designated WSR’s from USA, Portugal, Australia, Peru, Chile and Mexico.
Embau beach was located in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil which was home to the late Brazilian surfing legend, Ricardo Dos Santos, who was tragically killed last year by an off off duty police cop at the age of 24. Guarda do Embaú’s approval has national significance. Brazil’s booming surf industry and growing dominance on the professional surf tour (WSL), has made it the second most popular sport after soccer. The World Surfing Reserve approval holds the promise to harness Brazil’s love of the sport for a deeper commitment to coastal activism and protection amongst the Brazilian surf world and policy-makers.
Guarda do Embaú is home to a world- class wave that breaks consistently year-round and is known as one of the best surf spots in Brazil. It is situated directly adjacent to the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park, the largest conservation area in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, which boasts a stunning natural environment including the Do Madre River, an intact estuary system, and a mature sand dune system. The reserve will help address water quality issues and potential coastal developments.
Marcos Aurélio Gungel (“Kito”), former President and current Director of Communications for the Association of Surfing and Preservation of Guarda do Embaú was the principle organizer for the WSR application. Kito said, “The World Surfing Reserve approval represents the possibility to trace the history, the culture, and the environmental characteristics of Guarda do Embaú. We seek to create a management plan to preserve and protect our coastline in response to the environmental issues that might threaten our waves and local tradition.”
World Surfing Reserves (WSR) was an initiative launched in 2009 by the non-governmental organization Save the Waves Coalition aimed at protecting global surf habitats. The program proactively identifies, designates and enshrines international waves, surf zones and surrounding environments, protecting them from the threat of development.
Nik Strong- Cvetich, Executive Director for The Waves Coalition’s Executive Director, said:
“It was clear that this was a community with a deep commitment to their surfing legacy, a strong connection to their environment, and the capacity to utilize the WSR designation for the long term protection of their coastal resources.”
World Surfing Reserves
(USA) Malibu, California
Santa Cruz, California
(Australia) Manly Beach,
(Australia) Gold Coast
(Chile) Punta de Lobos,
(Mexcio) Bahia todos Santos, Baja
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