Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is calling on communities in North Cornwall to submit opinions on a massive and potentially devastating coastal dredging proposal. Marine Minerals Limited are applying for a licence to remove millions of tonnes of sediment from North Cornwall’s sea bed as little as 200 meters offshore at some of Cornwall’s premier beaches, including; St Ives Bay, Porthtowan, St Agnes & Perranporth.
If you have any concerns about this proposal, please register them with the Marine Management Organisation by Friday, 8th February. Marine.firstname.lastname@example.org
SAS first raised concerns about this issue when the new Protect Our Waves petition was launched in... Read more
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is delighted to announce that after its crucial intervention with E.ON, the Rampion offshore wind farm developers, potentially catastrophic damage to local surfing waves has now been averted.
E.ON initially identified a potential reduction in wave height of up to 22% for surfing beaches in and around Brighton as a result of the planned renewable energy development. This would have been a major blow to the substantial local surf community and important related economy. However, thanks to vital discussions between SAS, E.ON and leading local surfers and surfing-related businesses, the developers have reassessed their plans to minimise... Read more
Surfers Call For New Law To Protect Threatened Waves
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Surfers Against Sewage is today launching a new campaign calling for UK law to recognise and protect UK surfing waves, beaches and the livelihood of coastal communities.
SAS’s new Protect Our Waves petition – www.protectourwaves.org.uk - aims to generate over 100,000 signatures to highlight the value of surfing waves and beaches, and encourage Parliament to debate legislation in order to recognise and specifically protect surfing waves as a cultural, social, economic and environmental asset... Read more
The Government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation is proposing a retreat from coastal and marine protection which could abolish much of the legislation currently in place to protect our already threatened and damaged coastline – our waves, oceans and beaches.
SAS is encouraging supporters to voice their concerns immediately by signing its Red Alert! petition at www.sas.org.uk/red-alert/ . These concerns must be submitted by Friday, 23rd March 2012.
There is currently only limited legislation to protect our unique coastline, much of which will be weakened or abolished altogether through the Red Tape Challenge. This Government exercise seems to be putting developers... Read more
URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
Poole Harbour Commissioners are proposing several new developments for the harbour, including a 950 berth marina together with a cruise liner berth. This proposed development could be sited 200 metres off the beach at Hamworthy Park. This would have a devastating impact for windsurfers, kitesurfers and dingy sailors in the area. The development would cut across the first tack these waveriders would need to take when launching from the Hamworthy Park area and effectively prevent windsurfing in particular from the beach in the normal SW/S prevailing winds.
SAS supporters can lodge your opposition to this inappropriate development here: Read more
Surfers Save Challaborough
Today we are stoked to announce a resounding Protect Our Waves victory to safeguard the surfing waves of Challaborough, Devon. Today the Planning Inspectorate could have been deciding the future of the waves at Challaborough. However, we contested the proposal to dump rock armoury on Challaborough beach, mobilised the local surfing community and ensured their concerns over this inappropriate coastal defence scheme were heard just in time.
Over a thousand local surfers, waveriders and beach users signed our Protect Our Waves (POW) petition to the Planning Inspectorate opposing the dumping of rock armoury on the beach as this... Read more
International Symposium on the Protection of Waves
The protection of waves has been a growing concern for Surfers Against Sewage and other NGOs around the globe for a number of years. In early 2011, SAS proposed the first International Symposium on Protection of Waves to SAS’s sister organisations around the World including the Save the Waves Coalition, World Surfing Reserves, the Surfrider Foundation Europe and the Surfrider Foundation. The conference will bring together leading campaigners, scientists, oceanographers, international experts in wave physics, coastal morphology, wave-energy generation, coastal law and economics, plus a number of people with direct experience of over-interference with... Read more
Challaborough, one of the south coast’s premier waves is under threat from an ill-chosen near shore development and we urgently need your help to protect this quality wave!
There is currently an application to dump a substantial amount of rock armoury on the foreshore. However, an independent survey carried out by Halcrow predicted any erosion at this site to be negligible over the next 100 years. Unfortunately, dumping all this rock armoury could have a devastating impact on the waves at Challaborough.
The first application for the rock armoury was rejected; however, the developers are now appealing to the planning inspectorate. This... Read more
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
We currently have several live Protect Our Waves campaigns that we urgently need your support on. Spanning access issues, coastal development issues and pollution issues affecting some of the UK's best waves, we need YOU to add your voice to the growing wave of support to protect surf spots nationwide. Adding your support is vital to the campaign to protect waves and the UK’s coastline from the ever-increasing myriad of... Read more