Punta Borinquen: eight kilometers of perfect waves | Photo: Javier Gil

The coastline from Crash Boat Beach to Surfer's Beach at Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, has been selected as the 11th World Surfing Reserve.

The international program run by Save The Waves proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves and surf zones around the world based on key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas.

Punta Borinquen is the first World Surfing Reserve in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Local environmental activist and pro surfer, Otto Flores, will be its ambassador.

"The local community submitted an outstanding application. Punta Borinquen exceeds Save The Waves' expectations for what a World Surfing Reserve should consist of and stand for," note Save The Waves.

"We are very excited to work with the newly formed Local Stewardship Council to protect this beautiful coastline."

The eight kilometers of coastline between Crash Boat and Surfer's/Survival Beach offers about a dozen world-class surf spots, which produce fast, hollow and powerful over rock and coral reefs.

The Borinquen region has a broad swell window - NW/N/NE - and delivers over 300 days of rideable waves per year, always breaking in the 3-to-20-foot range.

Surfer's Beach, Table Tops, Survival Beach, Wilderness, Wishing Well, Manglito, Gas Chambers, and Crash Boat are some of the most popular surf breaks Punta Borinquen World Surfing Reserve has to offer.

The initiative by Save the Waves already features 11 World Surfing Reserves.

They are: Malibu (California), Ericeira (Portugal), Manly Beach (Australia), Santa Cruz (California), Huanchaco (Peru), Bahia de Todos Santos (Mexico), Punta de Lobos (Chile), Gold Coast (Australia), Guarda do Embaú (Brazil), Noosa (Australia) and Punta Borinquen (Puerto Rico).

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