All Points South

Save The Waves is very proud to announce that our documentary "All Points South" received the Best Short Film award at the New York Surf Film Festival 2009. Many thanks to the NYSFF, for producing yet another stellar festival!

"All Points South" follows the story of surfers and fishermen activists in Chile and their struggle against forestry industry pollution of coastal waters and waves.

Film director Sachi Cunningham commented from Los Angeles, California about the award: "We're thrilled with the recognition and hope that it inspires surfers everywhere who are concerned about the environment to not only think globally about our oceans' health, but also act locally to keep their breaks clean.”

The screening of All Points South during this festival was on Saturday, September 26 at Tribeca Cinemas in lower Manhattan.

The story behind "All Points South"

Surfers are a litmus test of the health of our oceans. Save The Waves Coalition's new film, All Points South, relates how surfers and fishermen in Chile are joining together to fight against rampant pollution from the pulp industry, and how consumers can help by making better choices when buying paper.

From California to the long left points of Southern Chile, surfers increasingly find themselves in the line of fire between coastal waters and industrial pollution. In All Points South the journey takes us to Southern Chile, where pulp mill pollution threatens entire ecosystems, an ancient way of life, and threatens to tear apart a tight-knit fishing community. With world-class surfing at some of the planet's best point breaks, this is the story and journey of a group of surfers and their effort to expose the injustice being done by a powerful, worldwide industry.

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Sewage is destroying UK beaches

SAS are pleased to hear the European Commission (EC) has decided to take the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice over non-compliance with EU environment legislation.  SAS has spent the summer highlighting the inadequacies of the UK’s sewerage system, specifically with Combine Sewage and Stormwater Overflow drains (CSOs), culminating in the hard-hitting Panorama programme “Britain’s Dirty Beaches”.  The EC is concerned that the urban waste water collecting systems and treatment facilities in London and Whitburn in North East England and have deemed them “inadequate and a threat to human health.”

SAS have highlighted time and again concerns over the short-term pollution impacts CSOs have on our coastline, and stressed the potential impacts to water users and especially waveriders who are more at risk as they immerse and ingest more than the average bather.  Some of the health risks associated with using sewage polluted waters include Ecoli, Hepatitis A, Gastro Enteritis and much more. 

Our rivers, seas, bathing waters and surf spots are suffering from short-term pollution incidents from CSOs.  The sewerage system is being over powered by the volume of water after periods of rain.  There are solutions that can take the pressure off the sewerage system without relying on CSOs or resulting in sewage backing up in our homes.  They include improvements in the efficiency of the sewerage system and/or an increase in capacity at sewage treatment works.  Local planners need to embrace and promote Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) that slowly release surface rainwater runoff.  And we can all use water more responsibly, taking small steps like turning the tap off whilst brushing our teeth, which will in effect increase capacity at sewage treatment works reducing the risk of overflow.

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Sea Shepherd

A mid-ocean rendezvous between the participants of the Transparentsea environmental awareness initiative and the crew of the Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin took place offshore from the Northern NSW town of Yamba on the weekend.

The Transparentsea paddlers, who are making their way to Sydney from Byron Bay over a 36-day period to draw attention to the plight of the humpback whales and coastal pollution issues, battled fierce southerly winds and rising swells to greet the boat’s crew as they sat anchored about two kilometers out from the entrance to the Clarence River.

The trimaran sea kayaks being used by the paddlers were dwarfed by the size of the Steve Irwin that will dock in Sydney until October 12th, before leaving for Perth and then the Southern Ocean to officially commence its whale fighting campaign in December.

Irwin Captain Alex Cornelissen and his crew had hot cups of tea waiting for campaigners Chris Del Moro (San Diego, USA), Will Conner (Byron Bay, AUS), Surfrider Foundation GM Kristy Theissling (Coolangatta, AUS) and Dave Rastovich (Brunswick Heads, AUS) who each hauled themselves from the rough sea up a rope ladder to climb aboard.

Captain Cornelissen was appreciative of the efforts of the Transparentsea team who share the vision of the Sea Shepherd Organisation and hinted at what lay in store for the Japanese whale ‘researchers’ come December.

“If we get the opportunity to meet up with a Sea Shepherd crew member who is doing a lot of great stuff then of course, we’re not going to let that pass,” said Captain Cornelissen, referring to Rastovich’s participation in the Galapagos Islands in 2007.

“Our preparation is good. We’ve been working for about six months, dry docking and getting the ship ready for campaign. We’ve still got to install a couple surprises for the Japanese, but we have some things planned. Some will be funny, others will be very effective, you’ll see.”

Rastovich, who is a renowned professional ‘free-surfer’, spoke on behalf of the surfing community and the intentions of the Transparentsea voyage.

“It’s only a small act, but I know all the surfers I’ve met around the world during my travels in the last year have all been supportive of what we’re doing and particularly of Sea Shepherd’s front line activism,” said Rastovich.

“So to catch up with them today on their way to the next Southern Ocean campaign and give them even just a little moral support and to let them know our surfing community is behind them is a really important acknowledgment.”