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Official Dedication Ceremony to be Held Saturday, June 21st

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 June, 2014 - Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – Bahia de Todos Santos will be officially dedicated the sixth World Surfing Reserve, Saturday June 21st. protecting the iconic breaks of the Baja coast from Salsipuedes to Killers.

The heralded Ensenada surf zone joins just five other sites to claim such status—Malibu in California, Ericeira in Portugal, Manly Beach in Australia; Santa Cruz in California; and Huanchaco in Peru. The dedication ceremony will officially launch the Bahia de Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve dedicated to the conservation of the incredibly surf-rich and ecologically diverse coastline.
 
The free event will begin at 3 pm at the San Miguel rivermouth and will feature a community paddle out, a community art project, remarks from invited dignitaries, and cultural performances – all to inspire stewardship of the coasts. An evening reception will be held from 6 pm – 12 am at the upscale Kraken Restaurant to celebrate the dedication, featuring live music, food, local beers and wines, scheduled remarks, and a photography exhibition of local waves and coastlines.
 
Legendary shaper, Todos Santos pioneer, and Big Wave World Tour founder Gary Linden will be in attendance, noting, ‘The Bahia de Todos Santos area is an epicenter for surfing in Mexico. From San Miguel to the other end of the bay, in this small area lie pointbreaks, beachbreaks and world-class big-wave venues. It’s a paradise for all surfers, from the beginner to the most established big wave surfers in the world.’
 
Leaders from prominent environmental organizations Surf-Ens, Wildcoast, and Pronatura-Noreste, who comprise the local stewardship council, have spent the past six months working with Save The Waves Coalition to develop a stewardship plan to guide the conservation efforts within the Reserve. Notably, the World Surfing Reserve in Bahia de Todos Santos is poised to help create first state park in northern Baja, led by partner organization Pronatura. The proposed state park will protect 6 hectares of critical watershed at Arroyo San Miguel and the sand and cobblestones that create the fabled San Miguel surf spot.
 
Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich, added, “Bahia de Todos Santos is an amazing environmental and recreational treasure and Save The Waves is honored to work on the long term conservation of the Bahia Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve alongside our amazing partners”.

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