Surfing has been provisionally confirmed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Surfing has been provisionally confirmed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Surfing has been provisionally confirmed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. (Along with skateboarding, breaking, sport climbing)

The four sports showcasing 12 events received the unanimous approval at the International Olympic Committee Session in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Official confirmation of the full sporting programme and athlete places is expected at an IOC Executive Board meeting in December 2020.

It’s going to be an interesting run in with WSL athletes now seemingly making up making up most the numbers at the inaugural event in Japan and high probability that both events will be held in beach breaks after head of the Paris 2024 organising committee Tony Estanguet said,

“We will not be using an artificial wave for the surfing event. We are very lucky to have several natural sites that can be used in France. We already have the expertise needed so we do not wish to invest in the infrastructure for an artificial wave.”

The Paris Olympics are scheduled for 26 July to 11 August 2024. The International Surfing Association said inclusion in a second Games was “another amazing milestone in Surfing’s Olympic wave”

Pray for waves…

Southern Water hit with record £126m fines for sewage spills and deliberate misreporting.

Southern Water hit with record £126m fines for sewage spills and deliberate misreporting.

Southern Water has been hit by record fines by Offwat after they found “shocking” failures at its sewage treatment sites had polluted rivers and beaches in southern England.

The Environment Agency also said it was pursuing a criminal investigation into Southern Water, “The environmental aspect of the investigation is ongoing and we expect to commence court proceedings soon.”

“What we found in this case is shocking,” said Rachel Fletcher, the head of water regulator Ofwat, while Southern said it was “deeply sorry”.

Ofwat found Southern Water:

Failed to operate a number of sewage treatment works properly, including not making the necessary investment, which led to equipment failures and spills of wastewater.

Manipulated its wastewater sampling process

Misreported the performance of several sewage treatment sites.

The misreporting allowed the company to avoid penalties under Ofwat’s incentive regime.

Ofwat would not say where the spillages took place (which is clearly lubricous).

Southern Water serves customers in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Southern was punished for misreporting information about its performance in 2007 when Ofwat fined the company £20.3m after its actions meant it could raise its prices by more than it should have done.

In 2017 Souther released over 17 million gallons of sewage into the channel at East Worthing.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said: “Today’s eye-watering fines and forced customer rebates demonstrate clearly just how broken our water system is. Despite failures, chronic underinvestment and exorbitant customer bills, many water companies continue to pay out hefty dividends to shareholders.”

Sunset Sons are back.

Sunset Sons are back.

Sunset Sons are back with a new single, new album and a sold out tour. Rory has had hair cut and Pete has been skating the legendary Southbank plus they are back to play what has to be the best Boardmasters lineup ever this summer!

Steve England caught with up Pete to find out what up.

1. How has the surf been down in the Hoss? Looked like an amazing winter, but kinda gone a bit pear shaped recently?
Hey guys, good to hear from yas again! Yeah, the surf has been consistent pretty much all winter – not too big, surfing out the front most days at Estagnots. Winter only lasted a few weeks and then back to Spring. It’s a great place to be when it’s like it was this year.

2. What you been up to since your last tour?
We’ve just had our heads down finishing off the last bits for the new album. It’s massive!!!

3. Where is Rory? Who is the new short haired singer in the band?
You’re only ever a month away from a bad haircut…maybe two in this case haha

4. So new tour, new single… excited? What can we expect?
Sold out tour, new single Say Hi out today, back to what we do best: being hungover, dragging our arses around the UK, smashing out banging shows. Expect that!!!

5. I saw the preview for ‘Say Hi’. Was that down the Southbank? Had Pete skated it before? It’s pretty iconic.
Nah, I’ve seen it but never been there with a board. Was a fun park and so glad they didn’t bulldoze it!! There was protests and stuff campaigning for it…I think it was gunna be developed into some corporate chain crap!! Such a win for the skate community.
You can donate here to help with upkeep and such.

6. Surf snow and skate lifestyle all feature in your vids… Are there any other themes?
Just trying to tell a story. ‘Say Hi’ is all about just doing what you do and not letting every man and his dog get ya down. Throwback to being a kid, just bombing around skating, not giving a shit about what’s next, where you are, where ya going, just doing it.

7. Anything else exciting happening this year that you can tell us about? I hear you are coming to Boardmasters? It’s cracking lineup this year maybe best ever!

Boardmasters!!! Mate, we’re playing the same f&@king day as Wu Tang Clan!!! Let’s grab a cider(s) there!!!
Problems’ and newly-released cut ‘Say Hi’ follow on from the band’s 2018 ‘The River’ EP and are the first taste of Sunset Sons’ forthcoming second album, the highly-anticipated successor to their UK Top 30 debut ‘Very Rarely Say Die’ which was produced by Jacquire King and James Lewis. The band’s debut saw them clock up considerable airplay across Radio 1 and Radio X and hefty tour mileage, playing headline shows at such venues as London’s Koko and Shepherd’s Bush Empire. 
24 June GLASGOW The Attic Bar (SOLD OUT)
26 June LONDON The Camden Assembly (SOLD OUT)
28 June TRURO The Old Bakery (SOLD OUT)
Breaking: Pegleg wins gold, Charlotte Banfield bronze at the Access Surf Hawaiian Adaptive Champs.

Breaking: Pegleg wins gold, Charlotte Banfield bronze at the Access Surf Hawaiian Adaptive Champs.

Cornwalls Pegleg Bennett has retained his gold at the Access Surf Hawaiian Adaptive surf championships with Charlotte Banfield taking bonze in the women stand division for Team England.

News is sparce at the moment as there is no press release and no doubt Peg is showing the Hawaiians his other skills in the bar.

The comp celebrates the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku’s ‘life and athletic contributions held on the shores of Waikiki to ensure his spirit that continues to live on.’

Charlotte got a silver last year so another great result for her.

More to follow.

Here’s Peg in his shorts… Rumour is a bronze statue could be erected on Perranporth island in his honour.

Win Tickets to Boardmasters Courtesy of Quiksilver and Roxy

Win Tickets to Boardmasters Courtesy of Quiksilver and Roxy

Are you free 7-11th August? Do you love festivals? We’ve a pair of VIP tickets to be won for the Boardmasters Festival! Plus a pre festival goodie bag from Quiksilver/ Roxy so that you’re festival ready! How great does that sound?

From 7-11th August there’s stacks going on for the 50,000+ festival-goers, with a wellness area, Roxy fitness, BMX, paddleboarding and loads more. What with the world-class surf action and extreme sports at Fistral Beach, it’s the best surf and après surf party in the calendar. This is a high-energy week and you’ve got to be in it 100% to make the most of everything the town and festival has to offer both day and night.
The line up for Boardmasters festival gets better and better – it’s one of the best line-ups of all the UK music festivals this summer. From Wu-Tang Clan to the BBC Introducing Stage, there will be lots of international and local talent playing on the cliff-tops overlooking Watergate Bay, including the big headliners such as Florence and the Machine, Dizzee, The Foals, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Jax Jones, Rudimental and a host of other amazing bands and DJs.

Here’s your chance to win 2 x VIP tickets with camping and a pre festival Quik/Roxy goodie bag. Just click below to enter. Good luck!

Competition ends 28th June.

Boardmasters Tips
If you haven’t been to Boardmasters before it’s an amazing experience in a stunning location on the North Cornish coastline. We asked pro surfer and Boardmasters Surf Ambassador Lucy Campbell for her top tips for first timers;

• Bring wet weather gear! I’ll keep my fingers and toes crossed for sunshine, but knowing Cornwall there will be a shower or two!
• Hop on the bus and come to checkout the beach site – there is so much surfing to watch and things to do at the beach that you’ll forget about your hangover in no time!  
• Think sustainably about what you bring to the festival so as not to litter the coastline 🙂 Boardmasters have water bottle refill points across the festival site.

Find out more about Boardmasters and get tickets here