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.

PHOTOCALL: 11am, Saturday the 20th of June, in front of Kimmeridge Bay car park there will be a mass paddle out by surfers, wind surfers, kite surfers and other water users. (Directions below.)

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.

Directions: Head to Wareham, Dorset. From Wareham it’s a 7.7 mile drive (16 minutes approx) Head south out of Wareham on the B3075 for approximately 1.3 miles At the roundabout take the second exit onto Furzebrook Road Continue on Furzebrook Road for 3 miles then take a right onto an unmarked road Follow this road for just over a mile and then take a left Continue for another mile then another right turn followed by an immediate right turn again Continue for another mile until you see the big grass car park on the right hand side Look out for the Surfers Against Sewage tent and signs!

Parking is £4 at Kimmeridge Bay.