16 May
  • By Sammy

Surfers Against Sewage are making more than ripples

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life. It was created in 1990 by a group of Cornish surfers from the villages of St Agnes and Porthtowan on the north coast of Cornwall. Its CEO and leader is Hugo Tagholm.

The SAS mission statement reads as follows?

“Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research”.


(Beach clean by Surfers Against Sewage)

From cleaning up marine litter and sewage pollution, to increasing awareness about toxic chemicals and climate change, UK-based Surfers Against Sewage aims to improve the quality of the world’s oceans and beaches. While educating the public about conserving and protecting the marine environment, SAS works to change government policy and industry practices for the better, too.

More recently, Surfers Against Sewage have turned their attention to battling the new sewage – plastic pollution. Through national initiatives such as the Big Spring Beach Clean and the Autumn Beach Clean Series they hope to empower communities to protect their coastlines.

A few nasty facts:






Hats off to the people that dedicated to help protect our planet. It’s only through movements, like the folk at Surfers Against Sewage, that we have any hope of influencing the politicians. We need more people saying enough is enough.

Let’s leave the last word to grandson of the late, legendary Jacques Cousteau

“I hate plastic bottles. Just think about it before you buy one. We pay more for a gallon of water than we do for a gallon of gas. I think people will realize that water quality standards in most municipalities are as good or better for the stuff coming out of the tap than bottled water companies. You’ll save money and save the environment, too.”

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.