Ocean ecology should be on the minds of every surfer, body boarder, swimmer and any other waterman out there.
Below are a few of the projects that you should know about. Please contact me if you have anything to add:
Surfers Against Sewage
If you want to make a difference to the state of the UK coastlines, there’s no better place to start than with SAS. Fundraise, donate, volunteer; there’s more than one way to help out.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.
It’s a registered charity based out of Cornwall and I can tell you first hand that they’re legendary guys. If you’ve got any ideas or want to help out, don’t hesitate to reach out to them!
Butta surf wax
Surf wax isn’t good for the environment. You should be aware of that.
Butta make eco friendly wax that biodegrades in the water, avoiding the “mini oil spills” (their words!) created by other waxes. Oh, and it smells bloody great.
The Surfers Path – Now closed down!
Surfers Path, one of the few environmentally conscientious publications in Britain, has closed down! Another sign that we, the community, need to do more to bring the importance of these conversations to the consciousness of big media owners!
Update: Wavelength has relaunched with some of the core staff members from the old Surfers Path magazine. I’m proud to say that I donated towards the relaunch and look forward to seeing what the new Wavelength team publish over the next few months.
One of my favourite surf publications; if you’ve got an eye for ecology and the way it affects us as surfers, this should be your one stop shop. As well as the printed version you can find them on line, and it seems like they’re always open for information and articles.
Anything with your local surf-break worth bringing to the environmental frontal lobe of the surfing world? Tell it to the Path.