Surfers go to WAR to protect waves

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) landed on a Cornish beach with two tanks and smoking flares to mark the release of a report calling for more protection for the country's waves.

The Waves Are Resources (WAR) report was launched in Fistral beach in Newquay and aims to highlight waves as ‘valuable assets’ that should be protected for future generations.

SAS protect our waves project officer, Dom Ferris, said: “The WAR report is an important document for all UK surfers and waveriders.

“We’re not calling for a Ministry of Surf Defence, but we need to ensure waves are framed in the planning process as valuable resources for the entire community, not just surfers.

“Waves Are Resources and as such need protecting for this and future generations.”

The report highlights a ‘myriad’ of threats that constantly jeopardize our finite surfing resource, our waves.

And, for the first time, the report explains the value of waves to non-surfers, for people who don’t use the sea the value of waves can be measured financially.

According to the report surfers travel to surf waves, eat, need accommodation and other supplies, and even settle in communities where there are waves.

In doing so, surfers and their friends and family who may join them, will all spend money in return for these goods and services whilst chasing the next surf session.

Luke Walsh

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