Europe: sandy beaches and high quality waters | Photo: SurferToday.com

European surfers have reasons to smile, as 94% of bathing sites in the European Union meet minimum standards for water quality.


European Environment Agency's 2012 report on bathing water quality in Europe reveals that there are excellent conditions at 78% of spots and almost 2% more meet the minimum requirements compared to last year's report.

Cyprus and Luxembourg stand out with all listed bathing sites achieving excellent water quality. Eight other countries have excellent quality values above the EU average: Malta (97%), Croatia (95%), Greece (93%), Germany (88%), Portugal (87%), Italy (85%), Finland (83%) and Spain (83%).

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Blue water: keep it clear and clean | Photo: Surfrider/GeoffGlenn.com

Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) announced that 18% of the annual water tests measured high bacterial levels, above the national water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


In 2012, the Blue Water Task Force collected 2,740 water samples to be analyzed by 23 water testing labs of the Surfrider Foundation network.

Of all water tests, 70% indicated low bacteria levels, 12% indicated medium bacteria levels and 18% measured high bacterial levels above the national water quality standards set by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters.

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Hands Across The Sand: surfers against offshore drilling

World surfers are invited to join hands against expanded offshore drilling, on beaches and in global cities, on the 18th May, at 12pm, in corresponding time zones.


The second annual Hands Across The Sand is calling for clean energy solutions and a sustainable planet. The movement consists of people of all walks of life and crosses all borders and political affiliations.

The goal is to protect coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries from the threats of expanded offshore drilling and the accidents associated with this.

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