South Coast & South East

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Lyme Regis through to Kent

The south coast includes some of the country’s most remarkable geography, from Europe’s first artificial surf reef in Boscombe to the Jurassic Coast, home to some of the country’s finest reef breaks.

To the east, chalk white cliffs provide a backdrop to a few hidden surf spots, yet many south coast waves sit adjacent to Victorian piers, harbour walls or groynes, or peel off in front of busy promenades.

The Isle of Wight and Dorset probably receive some of the best swells and are both home to classic waves on the right day.

The south coast is probably home to the the biggest population of surfers in the country, leading to some crowded line-ups at the better known breaks when they are working.

South Coast & South East Issues & Campaigns

Environmental and wave protection issues in this region

Be The Change

Autumn 2016 saw over 1,000 Essex school children engaged in SAS's Be The Change education programme. Working with the Greggs Foundation, the SAS Education Team visited 6 schools in the region delivering talks and workshops before challenging the children to design an Anti-Litter Action Plan with the best school receiving a check for 250 pounds to create their work.

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Regional Reps

The Regional Reps Programme experienced growth in 2016, leading to 21 Reps covering the South and South East coasts. During the year this team of passionate individuals conducted 120 beach cleans, involving 950 people and removing a staggering 2.1 tonnes of marine litter. They also ran 23 education talks to various ages and audiences, inspiring others to join the fight against plastic pollution.

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Beach Clean Bonanza

2016 was an unprecedented year for SAS beach cleans on the South and South East coasts. 135 cleans took place throughout the year empowering nearly 3,000 community volunteers to remove 5.7 TONNES of marine plastic pollution!

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