The planet is facing ever increasing environmental pressures, not least when it comes down to our oceans. From sewage pollution to marine litter, coastal development to climate change, as a group of like-minded individuals we are all often faced with these issues first-hand when using our precious chosen beaches. SAS brings us all together as people who love, enjoy and use the sea, not to mention those who are perhaps the most inclined to do something to help protect our coastal areas, in fact any area, from environmental damage. But what is the big picture and how can we adapt our lifestyles to make a positive difference no matter how small?
Our Sustainable Guide to Surfing is a thought-provoking, challenging and sometimes bleak assessment of the challenges that face our environment and how we, as surfers, contribute to them. But it also outlines how well-placed the surfing community is to influence positive action to tackle these issues and influence the masses to adopt an increasingly sustainable way of living.
The act of surfing itself is extremely low impact. We use a natural, renewable energy wave. We can carry on surfing without adversely impacting the environment. But we need to check our associated lifestyle around surfing to ensure we can enjoy clean waves tomorrow & beyond. The guide identifies a basic call to arms for surfers, one that harks back to the maverick, pioneer spirit that so often set apart surfers as a resourceful group of individuals intent on getting away from the mainstream and defining themselves in their own terms.
We would like to thank our partner Wavelength surfing magazine for all their support for the campaigns and the Sustainable Guide To Surfing. Their latest issue (No 206) includes a feature on the Sustainable Guide To Surfing and some of our latest campaign innovations. Check out more at http://www.wavelengthmag.co.uk/
We would also like to than The Naturesave Trust for their support for the Sustainable Guide To Surfing.
The WAR report clearly highlights why Waves Are Resources and, as such, should be recognised as valuable assets, protected for this and future generations. The WAR Report not only focuses on the intrinsic value of waves to surfers but also the economic value to the wider community. SAS released the report on the first day of the Relentless Boardmasters 2010, the UK’s largest surfing competition. The Boardmasters is obviously solely dependent on the waves and the event bring £1,700,000 into the local economy.
There are a myriad of threats that constantly jeopardize our finite surfing resource, our waves. In 2009 SAS launched the new Protect Our Waves (POW) campaign that focuses on protecting waves from overzealous on and near shore development, environmental impacts and waverider’s rights of access.
The WAR Report was written for planners and waveriders alike and SAS will ensure that all relevant planning bodies in the UK have a hard copy of the WAR Report and will expect the WAR Report to be referenced alongside SAS’s other reports when coastal developments schemes are in the planning process. Download a copy of the The SAS WAR Report here on pdf
The WAR Report was written by SAS Director Dr Tony Butt PhD. Dr Butt is one of the world’s most highly respected authorities on the science of waves and how they interact with the coastal environment.
Surfers Against Sewage has published their new guidance for offshore renewable developers today, World Ocean Day, as the first act within the new Protect Our Waves (POW) campaign. The guidance highlights sites of special surfing interest that developers should avoid. If the guidance is used effectively it could also help speed up the consent process for suitable offshore developments.
The guidance can be downloaded here and SAS are posting a hard copy to all offshore renewable developers as well as the relevant industry and Government bodies.
With support from The Crown Estate, this SAS report examines the possible impacts a changing climate could have one of the UK’s fastest growing sports – surfing. The report analyses the latest scientific evidence available on climate change in terms of impacts on water quality, sea level rise, coastal erosion, storm tracks, water temperatures and ocean acidification. It also looks at the emergence of the marine renewables sector as one of the solutions to reducing our energy requirements.
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A report exploring the attitudes of the UK public to chemicals in household products and measured awareness of their environmental impacts.
This report analyses sewage sludge production in the south west of England and the best practicable and environmentally sustainable options for its disposal.
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A report examining the lack of information provision concerning water quality at UK bathing waters and providing solutions for real-time improved signage that allows recreational water users to make more informed decisions about where and when they use a body of water.