Once upon a time there was a Cornish charity…

So, as all my posts recently have been about marine litter, I thought it would be apt to do a post about one of my favourite and invaluable charities that works to provide solutions to these issues.

Of course it has to be… Surfers Against Sewage. 

Whether you are a surfer or non-surfer the campaigns and work undertaken by this charity for the environment is incredible. So read on to find more…

Once upon a time there was a Cornish charity named Surfers Against Sewage, who conquered the UK’s beaches and oceans…


  • Surfers Against Sewage was established as a campaign group in 1990. It was created by a small group of both local surfers and beach lovers in the Cornish coast villages of the beautiful St Agnes and Porthtowan.
  • The organisation started by creating a well-known movement that called for action on improved water quality all around the UK.
  • Then in 2012, Surfers Against Sewage took a vital step forward and was established as a national marine conservation charity. 

And, this is what you see today…

The Aim:

Surfers Against Sewage or abbreviated as SAS are an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans and beaches, so everyone can safely enjoy these natural and beautiful resources. By following them on social media platforms and attending some of their campaigns, I know they do this by volunteering, conservation work, campaigning, educating people and furthering scientific research.

Surprisingly, their projects go further than just marine litter. They also concentrate on other coastal environmental issues including sewage pollution, the problem of shipping,  and the impacts of coastal development.

Their mission statement on their website explains how they want to create these improvements by changing ‘public behaviour, government policy and industry practices.’ So, they need everyone’s help, YES YOU!

So follow them on: 
  • Instagram-@surfersagainstsewage
  • Twitter-@sascampaigns    

(Go see if there are any local campaigns going on near you or see what you can do to help their cause.)

Surfers Against Sewage also believe that waves and surf spots deserve to be seen as part of UK heritage and should be given recognition and protection through political debate and legislation. So they are working hard to raise the public awareness of these natural resources.

‘Protect Our Waves Petition’

This petitions highlights how British surfing waves are becoming under threat from a developing number of activities around our coastline. Threats that can in fact hamper or have a long term devastating impact on some of the most prized and picturesque surfing beaches.

The threats include:

  • coastal developments
  • pollution
  • restricted access

The charity advises on their website that many other sports and activities are formally recognised. As well as areas of ‘outstanding beauty’ such as countryside sites that are protected. Yet, people in general have very little knowledge of the uniqueness of surfing.

Take a look at the ambassadors who support the campaign:  http://www.protectourwaves.org.uk/ambassadors.php

Also click the link below to sign the petition: http://www.protectourwaves.org.uk (They need at least 50,000 signatures to highlight the value of surfing waves and locations to the UK government and encourage MPs to debate legislation.)

I have been to beach cleans put together by SAS and they are very worthwhile. For example, during a campaign called the ‘Autumn Beach Clean Series’ which ran from the 2nd-8th of November 2015, 160 beaches were cleaned by 3500 brilliant volunteers. Over 10 tonnes of litter was eventually removed from these beaches, by the beach cleaning volunteers.

Go find out if there is one near you and see what you can do to help!

‘Be part of the changes you wish to see.’

Keep our oceans and beaches clean.

And Surfers Against Sewage, carry on doing what you are doing! You are FABULOUS.

You can find all of the above information and more on the Surfers Against Sewage website:



Amy x




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