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SAS Regional Reps – Keeping UK Beaches Free From Pollution

10:20 20th September 2012 by Amy Carter
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As windsurfers the ocean is our playground, therefore we believe we all must play a part in protecting it for future generations to enjoy too. One organisation with this as their core belief are SAS – Surfers Against Sewage, who have just launched their new Regional Reps website brimming with information. 

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Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is delighted to launch its new Regional Reps website, www.sasreps.org.uk, highlighting its newly expanded nationwide network of dedicated volunteers fighting to keep UK oceans, waves, waterways and beaches free from pollution. The interactive website also highlights key environmental issues facing Britain’s surf spots and details current SAS campaigns targeting polluters and calling for better protection for unique, precious oceans, waterways and beaches.

The team of SAS Regional Reps reaches from the farwest of Cornwall to the Orkney Islands, and includes surfers, scientists, sailors, teachers and adventurers with a common passion for our oceans and beaches. Whether it’s marine litter, contamination from combined sewer overflows, industrial malpractice or development issues, SAS Regional Reps focus on the burning environmental issues in their region, helping engage the local community to take action and deliver environmental protection.

SAS Director Hugo Tagholm says “We are very excited about expanding the SAS Regional Reps programme to help further raise the visibility, effectiveness and impact of our community projects and environmental initiatives. We are very excited to be working with EOCA & Speedo on this grassroots project to protect our beautiful beaches and coastlines. It’s inspiring to have so many talented and passionate individuals volunteering for SAS, a cause which is clearly very close to their hearts.”

SAS is also delighted to announce the recruitment of champion UK surfer Gabe Davies as Chair of the Regional Reps programme. Gabe is from Newcastle in the North East of England and is Britain’s most successful big wave surfer. He has won four British surfing titles, numerous English titles and has represented his nation at the World and European Championships.

Gabe Davies says “I am delighted to be involved with SAS’s Regional Reps programme, a fantastic network of passionate volunteers helping protect the UK’s waves, oceans and beaches for everyone to enjoy safely and sustainably. If you want to get involved with protecting your local beach or surf spot, make sure you drop your local rep a line.”

It is thanks to the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) and Speedo that SAS has been able to significantly expand the Regional Reps programme. Over the next 18 months Regional Reps will attend training events, deliver environmental community activities and support SAS campaigns calling for greater recognition and protection of UK beaches.

Tanya Bascombe of EOCA says: “We are thrilled to support SAS’s Regional Reps initiative. It’s brilliant seeing so many committed individuals dedicating time to protect our precious environment, delivering tangible results with the support of the local community through beach cleans and other volunteer activities.”

Mark Wyatt, UK Commercial Director of Speedo says “Speedo’s ambition is to inspire people to swim, or in fact simply enjoy being in water so we’re very proud to support SAS. We look forward to the relationship developing and of course enabling more SAS Reps to be part of something great for UK waters and the environment.

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