Because Ericeira obtained in 2010 the status of World Surfing Reserve – the first in Europe – S.O.S. was chosen by the Quiksilver Foundation to become the official partner of the event on the environmental side. The objective: to minimize the impact on the contest site and to consult on the necessary preservation of the waves.
This organization that actively worked for the waves of Ericeira to be officially classified, will have two major missions during the Quiksilver Pro Portugal:
*An executive role putting in place and following a check list of measures to protect the beach, the water and the environment surrounding the spots (rocks, public access). It will also have a role relaying information between local administrations, notably the administration in charge of coastal territories, to assure a minimal impact on the environment.
*An educational and informative role on the benefits of the World Surfing Reserve for surfers and the whole local community. S.O.S. and the Quiksilver Foundation will present documents, films and brochures on the protection of the ocean and reducing litter.