Porthtowan Beach: when humans do not respect places where they get free summer pleasures

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are calling all beach lovers to join us to welcome in spring on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February at our beach cleans being held at beaches all over the UK.

Sadly we are all far too familiar with how the litter piles up over the long, stormy, tourist free winter months but together we can make a real and noticeable difference.

You and your friends can also help halt the tide-line of trash by calling on Gordon Brown to protect our coastline by implementing a National Marine Litter Strategy. Join SAS’s online petition now.

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Somewhere Near Tapachula: a surfing way of life with orphaned, abused and homeless children

Somewhere Near Tapachula is the heartfelt true story of Mision Mexico, a children's refuge started Australian couple Alan and Pam Skuse. Based in Tapachula, Chiapas (on the southern coast of Mexico) this inspiring documentary focuses on Mision Mexico Boardriders Club, the unique surf community of orphaned, abused and homeless children. Directed and produced by Australian surfing filmmakers Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant of Surfing 50 States, the film premiers in Sydney on 25th February 2010 at Dendy Opera Quays and will tour around Australia.

For the first time the Skuses and the kids of Mision Mexico, tell their phenomenal tale of survival, love, hope and surfing. Documenting the stories of the 54 children of Mision Mexico, who have come from places of unimaginable poverty, trauma and abuse; and their experiences of healing and transformation through surfing and love. The film is a powerful lesson on the important things in life, and the power of riding waves, whether you are a surfer or not.

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Broad Beach in Malibu: still a public beach in the next years?

A $4 million seawall is going up in Malibu to protect million-dollar estates threatened by high tides and heavy surf. Local residents like Steven Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn have all agreed to pitch in to protect their homes from beach erosion.

Currently, construction crews are hauling in approximately 70,000 tons of rock from Corona and then, one by one, the rocks are being lowered onto Broad Beach.

Ironic name, huh? In about a month, a 4,000-foot-long, 8-foot-high wall of rock will be constructed. Then the inevitable result will be - no beach.

While there is no dispute that homeowners need to protect their homes, many locals are concerned that residents are trying to keep the public off the beach. Concerned citizens are asking for a commitment from the homeowners to put sand back on the ocean-side of the rocks and restore the beach for public use.

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