June 22 2007

Surfers Against Sewage Use ISD to Highlight New Climate Change Report

by Surfrider Foundation

Surfers Against Sewage

UK Surf Threatened By Climate Change
On International Surfing Day, SAS launched a new report warning surfers that their sport is under threat from a changing climate. The report written by SAS examines the possible impacts a changing climate could have on one of the UK's fastest growing sports.

To illustrate our finding SAS campaigners moved to one of the highest points in Cornwall - Carn Brea - to unveil a 22nd century version of surfing, virtual style, as waves are off limits due to rising sea levels and polluted waters.

To view a 30 second film of launch action click here.

Over 600,000 people are now surfing in the UK. Surfers in the UK rely on a combination of clean, safe water, consistent swells and favourable tidal conditions to get the most out of British waves.

SAS have spent the last year researching the potential impacts of a changing climate and are now concerned that surfers in the UK could suffer from:

-A reduction in water quality as sewer systems are overwhelmed during storm events, increasing the health risks to surfers and other recreational water users.
-Changes in surf conditions as sea level rise leads to less surf at some lowtide reefs, increased beach erosion at some sites.
-Possible changes in the amount of surf reaching some areas or at certain times of the year.
-Much reduced water temperature if the Gulf Stream were to shut down.

View the report here (pdf)

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