Meet Punta Borinquen, World's Newest Surf Reserve

Fine stretch of Puerto Rico surf protected from development - forever.

Save the Waves, a non-profit with one of the best mission statements you could possibly want—”To protect and preserve the coastal environment with a focus on the surf zone”—has just announced they’ve declared that Punta Borinquen, Puerto Rico, is the 11th World Surf Reserve.

What does that mean? Well, it means the Puerto Rican government has agreed that the surf zone at Punta Borinquen, an eight-kilometer stretch of beach on the island’s northwest coast just north of Aguadilla, has tremendous economic, recreational, and natural value, and has partnered with Save the Waves and Olita, a Puerto Rican non-profit that helps families out of poverty, to protect that bit of beach forever.

It means that a group of people in Puerto Rico and California have worked very hard to be sure a beautiful, surf-rich coastline is protected from development, pollution and destruction. In our cynical times, this is something to be celebrated, indeed.

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