Surfers against Sewage (SAS) campaign for clean and safe recreational water, free from sewage effluents, toxic chemicals, nuclear waste and marine litter. It has a reputation as one of the UK’s most effective environmental campaign groups, with actions including organising beach clean-ups, reporting local pollution incidents, reporting bad practices occurring at a local level and contacting councils and local Members of Parliament about issues affecting local beach environments and recreational water users.
To produce and distribute an educational film following a well-known professional surfer. The film aims to inspire, educate and mobilise supporters to undertake their own campaigning efforts, linked directly to SAS campaigns and to achieve positive outcomes for their local beach environment. The project aims are:
- Production of an educational film
- Promotion and distribution of the film
- Generation of grassroots action
Film producer Richard Stewart (Power of Three) and several well known British surfers have come on board to produce and star in the documentary. The surfers include Trev Garland (2009 British Longboard Union Junior Champion) and Toby Donachie (2009 British Junior Shortboard Champion).
The film was made over the summer of 2009, with many of the cast and crew working free of charge Internationally acclaimed band Radiohead, donated a track to the film, demonstrating how highly regarded the production has been. The DVD was used as a cover mount for The Surfer’s Path (circulation 30,000) during February 2010, complemented by a 6 page article in the magazine, with a screening tour planned for later in the spring, as well as several international surf film festivals throughout the year.