We are all locals

We can and should take stewardship for our surfing environment and carry out actions to preserve and improve the places we live, surf and love.


The Surf Activist Toolkit provides you with the tools you need to make positive change in your local area and protect your Site of Special Surfing Interest (SSSI).

By challenging government, industry or community and individuals you can make change happen. Utilising SAS’s experiences we have created a set of guides to help you through the process and make sure your SSSI is protected for years to come.

Anyone, from any walk of life can be a grassroots activist, all they need is to feel strongly and have a willingness to cause change. Grassroots activism is a coming together of people, to stand up and make a difference using their freedom of speech.

Surf Activists Toolkit

The Surf Activists Toolkit focuses on the three core issues relating to environmental concerns within the surfer’s realm. These are constructed around the successes of SAS’s previous work, linked to the Protect Our Waves campaign.
All three issues have the potential to degrade or even destroy SSSIs. Within each issue, SAS outline the framework and offer the tools for a grassroots activist to challenge; community, industry and government. This creates the opportunity to tackle issues at varying levels and to ensure that there is an effective tool for all.

We can change the world

  • Natural surf breaks should be treated as world heritage sites, and should never be destroyed no matter what the reason… We really can’t allow any existing surf breaks to be taken down, for whatever reason.

    Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of Patagonia, Inc.

Things to remember when changing the world

Change can be slow, small steps, can, over time lead to positive, long lasting effect. Change can occur between generations until it becomes a permanent fixture.

A single and specific goal is often the most sure-fire way to create change. Focus your efforts.

Positive People Power is one of the best ways to achieve change. The more people that can positively support your goal, the more likely others are to listen and follow.

Now is the time to start making the changes that will ensure our Surfing Sites are available for the future generations.

It is OK to ask for help. The Surf Activists Toolkit is designed to guide individuals into taking action beyond organised roles. The toolkit is by no means exhaustive and taps into just some of the resources used within SAS campaigning. Please get in touch if there is something missing or you need guidance in protecting a Site of Special Surfing Interest.

Good luck with your campaign and thank you for your passion – Team SAS


Please explore the Surf Activists website for information and resources relevant to your issue. For any questions you have that may not be covered here please get in touch using the enquiries form below.

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