More than 350 surfers paddle out to defend Broadbench wave in Kimmeridge Bay 

Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) new campaign Protect Our Waves (POW) had it’s first action today, The Gathering, a mass paddle out, in association with local campaign group Access BroadBench Association (ABBA). Over 350 surfers from across the nation joined SAS and ABBA and paddled out at Kimmeridge Bay on International Surfing Day. The action called on the Secretary of State for Defence to allow surfers’ access to Broadbench, a special wave found on the outer boundary of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) firing range.   

Broadbench is a quality wave in Kimmeridge Bay, described by many as one of Britain’s best.  Unfortunately it falls right on the outer boundary of a MoD firing range.  SAS are not asking the MoD to reduce their use of this important firing range. However, SAS believe there is a compromise that will ensure surfers and waveriders can have 100% access to Broadbench without impacting on the MoD’s full use of the firing range. 

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Broadbench is a quality wave in Kimmeridge Bay, described by many as one of Britain’s best. 

Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) new campaign Protect Our Waves (POW) is having its first action, The Gathering, a mass paddle out, in association with local campaign group Access BroadBench Association (ABBA). Surfers from across the nation will paddle out at Kimmeridge Bay at 11am on Saturday the 20th of June, which is International Surfing Day. The action will call on the Secretary of State for Defence to allow surfers’ access to Broadbench, a special wave found on the outer boundary of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) firing range.   

Broadbench is a quality wave in Kimmeridge Bay, described by many as one of Britain’s best.  Unfortunately it falls right on the outer boundary of a MoD firing range.  SAS are not asking the MoD to reduce their use of this important firing range. However, SAS believe there is a compromise that will ensure surfers and waveriders can have 100% access to Broadbench without impacting on the MoD’s full use of the firing range. 

We are calling on the Secretary of State for Defence to implement SAS’s compromise, changing where the MoD currently fire from.  This will in turn change the direction of the MoD’s firing and could leave Broadbench outside the boundary of the firing range.  It will not impact on the MoD’s use of the firing range, leaving surfers and waveriders with 100% access to Broadbench and the MoD full use of their range.         

International Surfing Day (ISD), will see surfing events taking place all over the world. There will be events in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia but nothing like the Gathering.  SAS expect the Gathering to be the best-supported event with mass participation for the paddle out protest on ISD. 

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Texas Open Beaches Act 

The Texas Open Beaches Act has been a star example of beach management since it was first enacted in 1959, providing for free and unrestricted use of the state's beaches and shores.


Unfortunately this forward-thinking law is under constant threat by those who would take the public's rights away. This is one of those times, and we need your help.

Late in the night on May 31st, Rep. Wayne Christian interjected wording from his previously rejected HB4025, which was an attempt to circumvent the TX Open Beaches Act, into HB770, a bill that would have allowed homestead exemption to continue for primary residences that were destroyed in a hurricane until the owner built somewhere else.  

Christian has severely compromised this bill by adding wording that would bar the Texas Attorney General or any other entity from filing suit for the removal of a damaged or destroyed structure that found itself on the public beach after a "meteorological event" and allow them to rebuild that structure on the public beach.

This bill, like HB4025, now essentially overturns the Texas Open Beaches Act and will be detrimental to the access to and use of Texas public Beaches.

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