SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenParadise Lost: Threatened Waves &Strategie...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen• How Surfing Has Evolved• Threats To Surf...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenImage courtesy of Chicagopressrelease.com
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen198719781991199819662011
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen• 6 X Englishtitles• 2 X Britishtitles• 2 ...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenA Reactive Campaign To ProtectTrestles, Ca...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen“[I]t would be difficult to imagine a more...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenMajor impacts to a sensitive & highly used...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Under Threat GloballyAustraliaUKChil...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Damaged GloballyChileMadeiraEcuadorS...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Destroyed Around The WorldAmericaBra...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Development
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Restricted Access
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Pollution
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Radioactive Waste
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenProactive Case Study: Adapting CurrentLegi...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenProtect Our Waves Petition.Inappropriate c...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenRaise awareness across the surfing communi...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenThe petition calls on Parliament todebate ...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenMarine & Coastal Access Act 2009Revised Ba...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenLegislation could be created tospecificall...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenSummary• Threats are numerous, varied and ...
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenThanks for listening.Any questions?
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Surfrider's Chad Nelsen and Surfers Against Sewage's Andy Cummins co-present on surf protection at the International Coastal Symposium at Plymouth University, UK. April

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  • For the next 15 minutes when Chad and I refer to waves we are talking about surfing waves and dynamics needed to produce surfing waves - such as wave height and period; swell direction and distance travelled; peel angle; wind speed and direction and bathymetry/geographical features. These are all found within the swell corridor and the coast where the waves break.
  • Although surfing was historically the sport of kings, it’s had a rebrand
  • Around once a decade Hollywood has defaced the sport of surfing. Surfers are often cast as on the fringes of society, often criminals.
  • In the 21st centaury surfers cover a diverse range of society. Doctors, lawyers and media professionals mix with teachers, builders and students without the social restrains that might normally keep these groups apart. Surfing is a valuable market globally worth
  • At page 3 of the Executive Summary & at p. 10
  • During what the media called the “Woodstock of the surf movement,” you could feel, “the energy in the air-a booming resonance of civic duty,” said Stefanie Sekich, Surfrieder’s Save Trestles Campaign Coordinator. “Seeing thousands of people come together in an orderly, positive fashion made me feel hopeful for the future.”
  • Surfrider’s Save Trestles campaign is a great example of a how much effort is needed to currently protect a high value wave. At the last Global Wave Conference one of Chad’s colleagues made the point that a wave is never saved, it’s always being saved. This leaves an unfair burden on groups like Surfers Against Sewage and the Surfrider Foundation. Globally, these countries have a number of waves are under threat to varying degrees of impacts.
  • Global these countries are home to waves that have already been damaged but not yet destroyed.
  • Unfortunately,waves have been destroyed and communities around these valuable assets have suffered because they were not protected from inappropriate developments or pollution.
  • In the UK, developers already have to go through an expensive and time-consuming process to get planning permission, and this includes conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). If there were effective laws stating that surfing waves cannot be interfered with or destroyed, it would be in the developers' own interest to avoid putting their concrete in the wrong place. RAMPION 22% reduction Impacts identified as high. Mitigation “consultation with stakeholder groups”. Divers were granted protection on good diving days by limiting installation activities. The artificial reef is in the shadow of this development. Limited understanding of what makes a good surfing wave, the benefits of surfing (both socially and economically) and the size of the surfing community.Harbor development, Freshwater Bay, Oyster Devices at Marwick, offshore wind at Brighton and Bournemouth and the IoW. With a greater recognition of the surfing waves developers would start their projects looking to have minimum impact (Rampion, Rochdale envelope approach, it won’t look like this so it would be irresponsible to object Vs if it won’t look like this why have it within the Rochdale envelope (turbine size, distance from shore and space between the turbines. Dredging in Cornwall will produce 100 new jobs. Vs 1,600 full time year round jobs surfing provides Cornwall as well as £64 million pounds annually. Not to mention the other impacts to tourism. However, there are concerns about putting a value on a wave, what happens when a more valuable project comes along?
  • The bench is closed to surfers for 228 days a year. The majority of the time it’s open coincides with seasons that do not produce waves in the area. The dredging proposal for Cornwall could have significant restrictions across some of the most popular North Cornish surfing and tourist beaches. Surfing and other water sports are valuable exercise pat times making sure the population is as fit, health and happy as possible.
  • These waves are all failing the 1976 bathing water directive’s water quality standards. At the minimum pass rate the chance of contracting gastro enteritis could be as high as 1 in 7, FOR A BATHER. Surfers are 3 times more likely to contract an illness than a windsurfer, and many times more likely than a bather. This is because new wetsuit technologies allow surfers to access the water all year round for prolonged periods and ingestion and immersion is an obvious risk with the sport and route of infection.
  • Guardian 2011:Tens of thousands of radioactive fuel fragments escaped from the Dounreay plant between 1963 and 1984, polluting local beaches, the coastline and the seabed. Fishing has been banned within a two-kilometre radius of the plant since 1997.The most radioactive of the particles are regarded by experts as potentially lethal if ingested. Similar in size to grains of sand, they can incorporate traces of plutonium-239, which has a half-life of over 24,000 years BBC NEWS: Experts believe they may have found the most radioactive particle to be recovered so far from a beach near the Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness.The particle, which was found on 14 February, was the 208th to be recovered from the beach by contractors.
  • The threats are diverse and are often executed by powerful and extremely well resources institutions. The Protect Our Waves petition is a proactively strategic campaign aimed at a national level rather than reactively campaigning at a regional level, defending waves time and again.
  • The onus is on the NGO to defend natural resources and prove the ‘value’ of the wave rather than the developer to ensure their activities will not adversely impact on the surfing resource. Once a development impacts a wave it’s hard to undo.
  • International Coastal Symposium 2013 SAS & Surfrider

    1. 1. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenParadise Lost: Threatened Waves &Strategies For Global Wave ProtectionBy Andy Cummins &Chad Nelsen
    2. 2. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    3. 3. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen• How Surfing Has Evolved• Threats To Surfing Waves• Reactive Case Study: North American Wave UnderThreat, Surfrider Foundation• Proactive Case Study: Adapting Current LegislationTo Better Protect Surfing Waves Or Creating NewLaw Protection Legislation
    4. 4. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenImage courtesy of Chicagopressrelease.com
    5. 5. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen198719781991199819662011
    6. 6. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen• 6 X Englishtitles• 2 X Britishtitles• 2 X EuropeantitlesPaul Russell, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Plymouth, worldauthority on beach studies, ICS 2013 Steering Group member & Scientific Boardmember
    7. 7. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenA Reactive Campaign To ProtectTrestles, California.By Chad Nelsen
    8. 8. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    9. 9. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    10. 10. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    11. 11. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    12. 12. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    13. 13. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    14. 14. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen“[I]t would be difficult to imagine a more environmentallydamaging alternative location for the proposed toll road andone which would be more clearly inconsistent with theenvironmentally sensitive habitat resource protectionrequirements contained within Coastal Act Section 30240.”“No measures exist that would enable the proposedalignment to be found consistent with the Coastal Act.”California Coastal Act
    15. 15. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    16. 16. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenMajor impacts to a sensitive & highly used natural areaNot consistent with the California Coastal Act.Inconsistent with other state and federal laws?Massive public response was the differenceToll road project rejected by the CA Coastal Commission & USDepartment of CommerceThe threat isn’t overConclusions
    17. 17. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Under Threat GloballyAustraliaUKChileIrelandColombiaAmericaMexicoSouth AfricaNew ZealandThe Azores
    18. 18. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Damaged GloballyChileMadeiraEcuadorSpainNew Zealand
    19. 19. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Destroyed Around The WorldAmericaBrazilPortugalMexicoMaldivesUK
    20. 20. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Development
    21. 21. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Restricted Access
    22. 22. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Pollution
    23. 23. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Radioactive Waste
    24. 24. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenProactive Case Study: Adapting CurrentLegislation To Better Protect Surfing Waves OrCreating New Law Protection Legislation.By Andy Cummins
    25. 25. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
    26. 26. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenProtect Our Waves Petition.Inappropriate coastal development.Restriction on raw sewage discharges via CSOsManagement systems in place to tackle marinelitterSecure water users rights to sustainably accessthe coast
    27. 27. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenRaise awareness across the surfing communityabout the array of threats facing our coastline.Raise awareness amongst developers & pollutersabout the value of waves and the surfingcommunityRaise awareness amongst legislators about theeconomic, social, cultural and environmental valueof waves
    28. 28. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenThe petition calls on Parliament todebate the economic and intrinsicvalue of UK surfing waves andbeaches, and produce specificlegislation to protect these unique,finite assets for this and futuregenerations.
    29. 29. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenMarine & Coastal Access Act 2009Revised Bathing Water Directive and/orthe Marine Strategy FrameworkDirectiveClean Neighbourhood & EnvironmentAct 2005Amend Current Legislation
    30. 30. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenLegislation could be created tospecifically protect surfing waves andthe dynamics needed to protect surfingwaves from inappropriate development,surfers sustainable access to the coastand the ensure the waters aroundrecreational water sports zones areimpacted by pollution.Create New Legislation
    31. 31. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenSummary• Threats are numerous, varied and usually backed by well resourced institutions.• Currently the onus is on NGOs to recognise threats and effectively defend thewave/represent the surfing community.• Amending current legislation or creating new legislation would protect wavesaround the entire UK.Boscombe’ s artificialsurfing reef £3 million.Is Broad Bench worth over£10 million, £100 million?
    32. 32. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenThanks for listening.Any questions?
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