I was inspired to look into Surfers Against Sewage in 2018 when I was living on the Isle of Skye. I went on a hike into the base of the Cuillin Ridge and walked past a beach called Camasunary. It was covered in plastic, more disused plastic than I have ever seen along one stretch of shoreline. Since then I have seen a number of beaches in a similar state, Llangennith (Gower) being another that sticks in the mind. Through my travels and trips over the last few years I have become more and more aware of pollution and its affects not only on the mainland of the United Kingdom but also across the world; in the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, the Azores, the list as we all know is endless. When I saw Camasunary I vowed to go back and clean it one day, then this year I was left in awe having seen on social media that two individuals had fundraised and cleaned the beach themselves.
Before now my work has not allowed me the time to be involved in an organisation like Surfers Against Sewage, however there is no time like the present and I hope I can work with you all in protecting our coastlines, cleaning the oceans and raising awareness of the importance of our marine wildlife. See you in the sea.
‘Friends are more important than flags‘ – Martin Booth (The Industry of Souls)