We support this foundation dedicated to promoting the conservation and protection of the coastline, with an emphasis on creating sustainable and collaborative relations between local communities and surf in Chile.
Fundación Rompientes, formed in 2017, seeks to collaboratively address the problems that affect Chile’s coastline,specifically in areas of high biological value and threatened by the economic activity of tourism and housing projects, to promote co-management plans that take into account artisanal fishermen and the local community.
They carry out different initiatives and actions aimed at the promotion of marine conservation and the coastal edge, with the idea of guiding sustainability efforts so that the effects of economic activities are channeled into a model that protects the sea as a common heritage for those coexisting with the coast and those who enjoy it via sports or tourism.
FMA collaborates with Rompientes to develop and implement strategies, educational programs, communication campaigns, and research activities for the legal protection of surf breaks and the coastal edge that are under imminent threats along the coast of Chile.
The coast of the sixth region of Chile, where places like Puertecillo and Topocalma are located, are currently the priority places in which Rompientes seeks to generate collective agreements for the development of the communities and the preservation of their heritage.
Rompientes joins the working model of Conservamos por Naturaleza Foundation in Peru, which has achieved the legal protection of surfing sites in that country, and works in coordination with important NGOs dedicated to this subject, such as Save the Waves in California. It is formed by Felipe Rodríguez, Juan Esteban Butazzoni, Rodrigo Bustamante and Rodrigo Farías.