Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) new campaign Protect Our Waves (POW) had it’s first action on the weekend, 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 right on the outer boundary of a MoD firing range. 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.
International Surfing Day (ISD), sees 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 over 350 surfers and supporter actively participating at the paddle out protest on ISD.
Andy Cummins, Surfers Against Sewage Campaign Manager says: “This unprecedented level of support from UK surfers really highlights the importance the SAS Protect Our Waves Campaign. Broadbench is a special wave with some special surfers protecting it. Today, International Surfing Day, the UK water sports community stood up for their rights, and lefts! We’re now calling on the Secretary of State for Defence to do everything in his power to implement a compromise at Broadbench."