Waves: a precious natural resource | Photo: Save the Waves

Save the Waves Coalition announced the 2018 Wave Saver awardees.

The non-governmental organization honors three individuals - an athlete, an environmentalist, and a business owner - for their unique and noteworthy contributions to protecting our waves and coastlines.

This year's winners are Cliff Kapono, Aulani Wilhelm, and Tom Stewart. The recognition ceremony will take place at the annual Life Is A Wave benefit event, set for June 21, 2018, in San Francisco, California.

Kapono is a professional surfer, award-winning filmmaker and scientist. Cliff will soon obtain a PhD in chemistry at UCSD, is exploring surfers' molecular composition in "The Surfer Biome Project" and promoting sustainable surfboards through "Pro-Test".

Wilhelm is senior vice-president at Conservation International's Center for Oceans, and founder of Island Water and Big Ocean. She led the designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage site, the largest marine conservation area in the world.

Stewart, is the founder of Sunski. As lifetime members of 1 percent for the planet, Sunski has donated over $100K to environmental non-profits. Sunski will soon launch its first collection of frames made entirely of recycled plastic developed in-house.

Previous Wave Saver awardees include surfers Greg Long and Ramon Navarro, environmentalists Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen (5 Gyres Institute), Wallace J. Nichols, and Charles Lester, photographer Sachi Cunningham, and businessman Mark Price.

The authorities of Orihuela, a city and municipality located in the southeast of Spain, are under heavy criticism after banning surfboards from its coastline.

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