Surfers Against Sewage is calling for legislation to better recognize and protect UK surfing waves and beaches. New legislation could be secured as revised criteria within the existing Marine & Coastal Access Act or be set up as a new, separate piece of wave protection legislation.
There are the four key steps to protect our waves:
1. Increase public awareness: The general public still finds it very difficult to understand what a coastal ocean wave actually is, let alone recognise its value or the fact that it must be protected. Objects such as mountains and rivers are the easiest things for people to envisage as elements that should be protected, because they are more or less fixed. The concept that a particular 'wave' needs protecting is, however, much more difficult.
2. Surfers become stakeholders: Surfers and other coastal water-users must have an official voice within the politics of a country, in other words, become official stakeholders, this would ensure issues affecting waves are taken more seriously and are based on evidence about what impacts a coastal community
3. Surfing reserves: If implemented in a similar way to a bird sanctuary or other type of nature reserve, the surfing reserve could make sure that, at least, certain 'iconic' surfing waves are protected forever.
4. Laws to protect waves: None of the first three steps can guarantee securing waves. Laws need to be passed to specifically protect surfing waves, and this would not only make it extremely difficult to destroy a surf spot, but it would also help to further raise public awareness. This has to be included any planning permission process.
Make your voice heard here.