The Fisherman’s Son…

The Fisherman’s Son…

When one of Chile’s most iconic surf spots and Navarro’s home break of Punta de Lobos came under the threat of massive corporate development, Ramón, the son of a subsistence fisherman, turned his platform as a surfer into a campaign to protect a place critical to his sport and near to his heart.

“I want to protect this place for the fisherman and surfers who live there now and for the generations to come,” said Navarro.

With leadership from Navarro and support from Save The Waves, local Chileans have so far  held back the tide of development around Punta de Lobos that would transform the point – impacting surf culture, hurting the local fishing trade and devastating the environment.  But the area remains under serious threat.

Patagonia produced and Chris Malloy directed The Fisherman’s Son, in association with Save The Waves.

You can watch the film and donate money to help the campaign here. 100% of crowd sourced funding and t-shirt sales go directly to preserve and protect Punta de Lobos, including the development of a conservation master plan and foundation to protect the point.

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The Wave Bristol Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

The Wave Bristol Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Tonight at 7 p.m., The Wave Bristol is launching a crowdfunding campaign that will allow people to buy a number of rewards, including annual membership to the surfing lake*. The campaign has been sparked by public demand and the money raised will go to the Making Waves Foundation, as well as funding some of the sustainability plans for the site. The Wave Bristol aims to build on site in 2015 and wants to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be outdoors, have fun and get in touch with nature. To find out more or to pledge visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thewavebristol.

The rewards available through the crowdfunding campaign range from a shout out on Facebook (£10) or a limited edition Finisterre t-shirt (£30), to annual family membership (£600) or a VIP company away day (£15,000). The campaign will run from the 24th November to the 22nd December and has a target of £150k.

The funds raised by the campaign will allow The Wave to fulfill some of its long-term sustainability goals earlier than planned. 2% of the money raised will go to the Making Waves Foundation – an independent Charitable Trust that has been set up to fund community projects and charities in the local area. When the site opens a percentage of annual profits will also go to the foundation and the Trustees will decide how this is distributed. Additional funds raised by the campaign will be going to push forward some of the project’s sustainability plans.

The campaign is a direct result of numerous requests from those following the project. Founder Nick Hounsfield explains:

“Right from the early days of the project people have asked whether we would be running a crowdfunding campaign and since planning has been approved we have received hundreds of emails asking whether people can pre-buy membership to the site. We want as many people as possible to be part of this project, we want to create a sense of community ownership and we want that community to help shape our plans. Given all of this, it makes absolute sense to go down the crowdfunding route for specific elements of the project.”

Talking about where the money will go, Chris Hines MBE, Head of Sustainability for The Wave, comments: “ We want this project to be sustainable in all senses, including socially and environmentally. We have ambitious plans to sustainably power the site and eventually take it off-grid. The money raised via crowdfunding will allow us to fast-forward these plans and look at putting in some of these elements at build stage. The Making Waves Foundation will support a range of community initiatives and charities, for example that may be via bursaries to allow inner-city kids to experience The Wave.

This campaign gives the community the power to back some of the elements of this project that will make a positive difference, whether that’s environmentally or socially. I think that’s really exciting.”

Talking further about investment Nick said:

Nick said: “The crowdfunding campaign is not about financing the basic build, it is about funding some specific areas of the business that we feel passionately about. There are exciting discussions taking place with potential investors regarding the bulk of the project and we are currently carrying out due diligence on a short list of options. We will be making an announcement regarding key funders as soon as we can, but suffice it to say that we are still on track to start building in 2015.”

The Wave Bristol will use cutting edge technology to generate perfect surfing waves on a lake, for both experienced surfers and beginners alike. The site in the village of Easter Compton near Junction 17 on the M5 received planning approval in June and aims to open its doors in 2015. The intention is to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be outdoors, have fun and get in touch with nature. It will be set in beautiful botanic gardens and will also include a high performance surfing centre, restaurant/café, a natural swimming pool, education centre and much more. To find out more visit www.the-wave.co.uk

* REWARDS – for full details of all rewards visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thewavebristol
· Annual Individual membership includes free access to site year round, priority booking, free hire, 10% peak time sessions, 20% discount off peak sessions, discount for bar and café and event spaces, priority invites to events and functions, T-shirt and 2 hour free surf before public opening!
· Annual Family Membership (up to 2 children) includes free access to site year round, priority booking, free hire, 10% peak time sessions, 20% discount off peak sessions, discount for bar and café and event spaces, priority invites to events and functions, T-shirts and 2 hour free surf before public opening!
· Company Promo Day offers clean unbranded site ready to hold your own event, competition, client networking day or a media/filming day pre-opening with full VIP treatment

Crowdfunding in the South West
· According to the recent ‘Understanding Alternative Finance’ report by Nesta and the University of Cambridge (published November 2014), the South West is joint first with London in having the highest numbers of people interested in investing in crowdfunding (19%)

· Project Overview
The Wave: Bristol brings together surfing, nature, education and the community. We want to make a fun but thoughtful day out for everyone. It will be set on a man-made lake close to Bristol and will use a new technology to create perfect surfing waves. Surrounding the lake will be multi-functional gardens and green space, where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can relax, play and learn.

At the centre of The Wave site will be a lagoon. The latest wave-making technology will generate perfect peeling waves of up to 1.8 metres high, at a rate of approx 120 waves per hour. There will be room for both experienced surfers and those trying it out for the first time. Good surfers will be able to enjoy a 20 second ride, while beginners will be able to learn to surf in a safe environment – and if you don’t want to get wet, you can simply sit on the shore with a drink or explore the rest of the activities on site.

But it’s not just about surfing. The landscaping surrounding the lake will be specifically created to provide a wonderful experience in its own right. There will be adventure gardens, healing/sensory gardens, kitchen gardens, activity trails, a natural swimming pool and much more. We instinctively know that being around water and green space is important for health and this is something we want to share. Children can play and have fun, grown-ups can relax and there will be easy access for people of all abilities. We want everyone visiting The Wave to get in touch with nature and maybe discover something new. Other elements of The Wave will include a café /restaurant, High Performance Surf Centre, education spaces, camping, changing facilities and a shop.

SAS Beach clean removes 25 tonnes of marine litter from 130 beaches

SAS Beach clean removes 25 tonnes of marine litter from 130 beaches

Platsic Chicken at Perranporth (C) SAS Tim Boydell
Surfers Against Sewage co-ordinated its biggest ever Big Spring Beach Clean in March. Over 3500 people volunteered at beaches from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, removing a staggering 25 tonnes of marine litter from the beautiful British coastline, equivalent to 833,333 thousand 1 litre plastic bottles.

Marine litter has reached shocking new levels, making this year’s SAS Big Spring Beach Clean more important than ever. The growing marine litter crisis means that there are now over 2030 items of marine litter – the vast majority plastic – for every kilometre of our coastline.

The following marine litter stories and jaw dropping statistics are just a snapshot of this huge volunteering effort within coastal communities and demonstrates just how motivated people are to take action to protect our unique and fragile oceans, waves and beaches for everyone to enjoy.

130 – The number of beaches cleaned by Surfers Against Sewage volunteers.
3500 – SAS Big Spring Beach Clean volunteers.
25,000 – Kilograms of marine litter removed by SAS volunteers.
260 – Volunteers at Perranporth in Cornwall. A Big Spring Beach Clean record!
3.5 – Tonnes of marine litter removed from Perranporth in Cornwall. An SAS record for one single beach clean!
100 – Or more volunteers at 10 of the SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans!
28 – The average number of volunteers per SAS Big Spring Beach Clean.
500 – Kilograms or more marine litter were removed at 6 SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans.
1000s – Of Sewage Related Debris items reported at all Big Spring Beach Cleans.
Furthest North – Thurso*.
Furthest South – St Ouen, Jersey.
Furthest East – Southwold Bay.
Furthest West – Magillian Point, Northern Ireland.
Most Remote – Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree.

One of SAS’s greatest strengths is an ability to approach the often distressing issues facing our coastline with a sense of fun and the Big Spring Beach Clean is a perfect example. Whilst removing shocking amounts of the usual marine litter suspects like plastic bottles, cigarette butts, fishing net and plastic bags, volunteers were also hunting for weird and wonderful items of marine litter as part of the ‘Weirdfish’ competition. The items below are just some of those that provided volunteers with welcome respite from the harsh reality of the marine litter crisis.

Canadian Liberal political candidate sign at Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree (this will have had a long journey via the North Atlantic Gyre)
Plastic Chicken found at Perranporth, Cornwall.
TV and fridge found at Cruden Bay near Aberdeen.
Elephant toy found at Saltburn.
1970’s Tesco yoghurt pot (dated by Tesco archivists) found at Teignmouth, Devon.
A set of dentures at Thorpe Bay, Southend.
100s of Toy Soldiers found at every beach
100s of Sea themed Lego pieces – thought to be from a container that was washed off the Tokio Express by a huge wave in 1997.
30 packs of cigarettes at Kimmeridge, Dorset. Just a fraction of the 14 tonnes lost from a container ship in the Bay of Biscay this February.

2014 is a benchmark year in the battle against marine litter. Later this summer, SAS will produce a report detailing the ambitious strategies needed to reduce marine litter by 50% by 2020. This report will be given to Government and industry with the clear message that our beaches are drowning in litter and that we need to take decisive action today to protect our beaches for the future.

SAS Chief Executive, Hugo Tagholm says; “Surfers Against Sewage was overwhelmed with the outpouring of community action and effort through the Big Spring Beach Clean. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped remove the 25 tonnes of litter from our beaches that threatened the health of both wildlife and people. This massive springboard of action will hopefully connect, inspire and motivate coastal communities to be even more involved with campaigns to protect our waves, oceans and beaches for the future.”