Surfers Against Sewage Highlight Waveriders Concerns At All Energy 2011 Conference
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) ensured the UK’s waveriding community was represented at the UK’s largest renewables event, All-Energy 2011. The campaigners were decked out in fluorescent wetsuits and with 9ft luminous pink and yellow surfboards. Campaigners greeted delegates with two groundbreaking SAS reports outlining the potential impacts that wave and tidal energy devices may have if sited too close to sites of special surfing interest (SSSIs).
The flamboyant fluorescent campaigners thrust SAS’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) guidance and WAR report into the hands of delegates as they entered the conference, whilst... Read more
Marine Planning, The Journey Starts Here
What is marine planning? We see it as a fantastic opportunity to get surf and water sports areas recognised, designated and protected for generations to come.
Marine planning in its simplest form will be a marine version of our land based planning systems. Sounds obvious don’t it. But it might surprise you to learn the marine environment is nautical miles behind the land based planning systems. But the good news is, SAS is involved from the very start. The newly formed Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is responsible for developing marine plans for the entire UK waters.... Read more
Clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) re-enacted the iconic Kitchener recruitment poster to enlist surfers, waveriders and coastal users into the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) new Marine Planning programme. Our surfing Kitchener stood on the frontline for SAS at the first Marine Planning workshop on the 12th of January in Peterborough.
The workshops will produce a statement of public participation (SPP), outlining exactly how and when surfers, waveriders and coastal users can best engage with the Marine Planning process. Once the mechanisms and methods for engagement are in place SAS will be recruiting the entire coastal community at the key... Read more
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and four of the UK’s best Stand Up Paddle-boarders aim to cross the English Channel and set two new Guinness world records in one go, with a relay team and a solo paddler taking on the challenge. The SAS 2010 Challenge will launch on the day with optimum conditions, during the week of the 18th – 25th of June.
Launching from either Shakespeare’s Bay or Sapphire Hoe the champion paddlers will be aiming to raise £10,000 for SAS’s campaigns, celebrate the organisations 20th anniversary and mark International Surfing Day (double check date20thof June). Success is a real... Read more
'SAS lobbies all candidates for cleaner seas in the run up to the general election'
Today SAS have sent our Clean Seas And Coastal Protection Manifesto out to all candidates standing in the general election. We are also calling on all surfers, waveriders and water users to send a copy of our manifesto to your local candidates asking for their commitment to clean seas for the UK.
Last year 11.6 million UK adults participated in water sports and water based leisure activities at the UK's coastline, helping to highlight just how popular the coast has now become as a place to pursue... Read more
Today clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are celebrating the Scottish Government recognising recreational water users' need for a voice on Regional Planning Partnerships within the Scottish Marine Bill after this mornings SAS action at Holyrood.
This morning, ahead of ministers voting on Scottish Marine Bill amendments, SAS took to the water outside the Scottish parliament with surfboards, wind surfs, kayaks, kite surfboards and bodyboards and armed with loud hailers to ensure the voice of water users was heard loud and clear. SAS campaigners were joined by Robin Harper Green MSP who forwarded the amendment on behalf of Scottish water... Read more
This is the last year as a teenager for Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) as next year is our 20th anniversary. Our 19th year was one of our busiest and most successful years campaigning.
2009 started with yet another shipping accident, this time our beaches were covered in timber. Let's hope we escape a serious shipping catastrophe in 2010.
January and February brought a couple of campaign victories. Firstly new regulations came into force to prevent sewage discharge from ships.
And after more than 20 campaign actions in Guernsey, the island finally committed to full sewage treatment! Great news for Guernsey as currently 65,000... Read more
Based on the discussions around stage 2 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill by members of the Rural Affairs and Environment committee today, the Scottish Green Party and SAS have made the decision to withhold formal submission of the Surfing Reserves amendment till stage 3 of the bill, when all MSPs will be allowed to vote on the matter.
SAS are disappointed that the meeting among the limited number of MSPs within the committee meant we could not confidently add Surfing Reserves in as an amendment at stage 2. This was much to the surprise of both SAS and the Greens because... Read more
Today Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigners and supporters visited The Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh. The campaigners were in the water calling for Surfing Reserves outside Holyrood holding aloft their 9ft surfboard emblazoned with the Saltire (the Scottish Flag), and were joined by Green MSP Robin Harper.
SAS are calling for the Scottish Government to help protect Scottish waves and include Surfing Reserves in the Marine Bill. The Surfing Reserves initiative will go before the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament to be debated tomorrow, 25th of November.
SAS are calling for support on Surfing Reserves to be included in... Read more
Kelly Slater, 9 times Surfing World Champion, and widely recognised as the greatest surfer ever, supports Surfers Against Sewage's (SAS) Protect Our Waves campaign (POW). Slater signed the 1,000th POW campaign postcard and today SAS will send Slater's card to the Secretary of State for Defence (SoS). SAS's 1,000 POW postcards call on the SoS to review the Ministry of Defence surfing ban at Broad Bench, one of the UK's premier waves.
Broad Bench falls on the outer boundary of a Ministry of Defence firing range and surfing can be prohibited whilst the MoD are using the range. SAS understands that... Read more