Waves: world treasures

The protection of waves has been a growing concern for Surfers Against Sewage and other NGOs around the globe for a number of years. In early 2011, SAS proposed the first International Symposium on Protection of Waves to SAS's sister organisations around the World including the Save the Waves Coalition, World Surfing Reserves, the Surfrider Foundation Europe and the Surfrider Foundation.

The conference will bring together leading campaigners, scientists, oceanographers, international experts in wave physics, coastal morphology, wave-energy generation, coastal law and economics, plus a number of people with direct experience of over-interference with coastal ocean waves, coastal planners and coastal engineers to share ideas, discuss legislation and compare the best ways of protecting global surf spots.

The conference will explore the following questions.
What is the value of waves to surfers and the wider community?
What are the threats on the waves and coastlines?
What strategies can be implemented to protect them?

The conference will be held on October 24th and 25th in Biarritz, France and in San Sebastian, Spain. For more information, please visit the conference website, where you will be able to follow the conference live.

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Rena: destroying Nature in New Zealand

A container ship ran aground on a reef in New Zealand's pristine Bay of Plenty, one of the country's top tourist destinations and an incredible surfing region.

Rena, the 775-foot ship, which originated from Liberia, struck the Astrolabe Reef about 12 nautical miles from Tauranga Harbor, and has produced an oil slick that extends about three miles from the ship.

It is esimated that up to 10,000 gallons of oil have leaked from the ship since the crash and toxic oil is now washing ashore. One of the beaches impacted is Mt. Maunganui Beach, which is a prime surfing area.

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Raptoberfest: say no to plastic

Plastics have undoubtedly helped us to manufacture, package and ship goods more easily, for less money, and in some cases more safely than ever before. But plastics pose a significant threat to our planet as well. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare.

Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc – killing millions of birds and animals annually.

In response to this problem, the Surfrider Foundation founded its Rise Above Plastics campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and focus on finding solutions.

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