Sewage at Godrevy

My favourite beach at Gwithian / Godrevy is still under threat from the release of raw untreated human sewage. 

Sewage Discharging at Godrevy

The picture above shows the brown slick of overflowing human sewage coming out of the Red River from South West Waters combined Sewage Overflow. This photo was on taken on Saturday 28th June 2014, the release of sewage coincided with the incoming tide which pushed the slick back into the beach and along the coast toward Hayle. It was a beautiful sunny day with plenty of people enjoying the ocean and the beach. There were surf schools teaching children as well as surfing competition taking place which then had to be cancelled.

This is one of the best and most popular beaches in Cornwall, as well as being the regular venue for the final leg of the annual british wavesailing association tour.  Recently Godrevy was also the final destination for the Red Bull Storm chase which delivered storm force winds and triple mast high waves.

Red Bull Storm Chase

 

For me personally i love to windsurf, windsup, surf or just spend family time here.  It's a great place to hang out, but the thought of untreated human sewage and all the infections that can be caught in the water here is a real concern.  You'll be told this beach reaches safety standards, but the testing site is several hundred meters away from where the river runs out.  There is something fundamentally wrong if we let governments, agencies and commercial companies dump sewage into the environment without any recourse or plan of action to deal with this issue.  There are apparently still 20-30000 CSO's in the UK alone which shows the scale of the problem.

 

Now I’ve known for a long time that there is a CSO which releases occasionally into the sea via the Red River, however we’ve had 5 events at Godrevy in a recent seven week period:   22nd May 2014, 26th May 2014, 26th June 2014, 28th June 2014, 7th July 2014.   We seem to be having a hot dry summer and I don’t believe that these releases are related to extreme weather events.  It looks like we’ve had a pretty warm dry start to summer, with rainfall figures being around average for the time of year.  This has to raise concerns about the controls in place and the processes that allow these discharges.

 

Protest

Karin Howey a great supporter of Surfers Against Sewage organised a demonstration at the Red River on Saturday 26th July 2014, we got a fabulous turnout and coverage from both BBC & ITV as well as local newspapers and social media.

Great to see Timo Mullen there with his family supporting the protest as well.

 Protest

Protest

BBC Coverage can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-28503645

ITV Coverage can be found here: http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/story/2014-07-25/protest-against-sewage-left-on-cornish-beach/ 

The Cornishman: http://www.cornishman.co.uk/PICTURES-Surfers-stage-protest-beach-Godrevy/story-21942461-detail/story.html

More details from Surfers Against Sewage on the campaign: http://www.sas.org.uk/news/campaigns/godrevy-gwithian-community-demonstration-against-sewage-pollution/

If you didn't make to the event there are several actions you can take now! 

1) download SAS's water quality app so you know when sewage is discharging at your favourite beach at www.sas.org.uk

2) sign the online petition to stop Sewage discharges at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/south-west-water-stop-discharging-untreated-sewage-in-our-bathing-waters

3) report sewage discharges to the Environment Agency every time you witness a pollution event 0800 80 70 60

 

SAS are meeting with senior Environment Agency staff in the coming days on this issue and will make sewer overflow discharges a key aspect of the Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group.

Paul Monnington

Hot Sails Maui, Loco Sup, K4 Fins

 

K4 Rocket Fins

I've been using K4 Stubbies for quite a while now and I've been a big fan of them in my Moo custom quad.  Recently I have been fortunate enough to have been able to test some K4 prototype Rocket fins.  I got these from Steve in September to use in my trailer/twin Moo Custom.

K4 Rockets

The Board is 100l and 62 wide, and the prototype K4 Rockets were 17cm. So we are talking a big board and big fins.

K4 Rockets


I'd tried the board previously with some G10's so I was really keen to try out the new K4 Rocket fins.

First time out with them was at Gwithian, tiny waves that were really hard to find but cross off. First impressions were really good, significantly more lift from the fins than the previous combinations I'd been trying. It very much gave the impression of the board riding much higher out of the water. The tail of the board felt nice and solid and really felt like there was something to push against when trucking back upwind.  Now when it came to screaming back downwind looking for a bit of a wave to wiggle at, the board behaved really predictably in the turn, and with a push on the back foot the fins certainly still released into a slide on the top turn. 

Flying upwind

Having used the K4 Rockets with 5.8/5.3 a few times I then got to try them full power 4.2 (could easily have been on 3.7) board and fins behaved beautifully, can't believe I could use such a big board with a 4.2 and still have so much control, drive and momentum with the K4's in place I didn't feel over finned once. I could drive frontside on board speed alone and not loose speed frontside. With my Hot Sails Maui Superfreak I am able to let the sail go neutral or reduce the power which in onshore conditions meant I was surfing the board to keep speed. Even with the big board and the 17cm fins I had complete control. 

Overpowered 4.2

Overpowered 4.2

Having had the Big Moo and K4 Rockets for a while, I have been planning that much earlier using the Big Moo than I'd been used to. It got to the stage where I haven't used my Witchcraft Chakra 114, so it was time for a side by side test. Now part of this is down to the fact I have lost a little weight but I can be up and going just as quickly on the moo with a 5.8 as I can with a 5.8 on the Chakra, I think the extra lift from the Rockets in the trailer fin really helps in getting planning that bit earlier. I'd even gone back to the big G10 22cm centre fin in the Chakra and still felt I was quicker at getting planning with the 5.8 on the Moo.

Side by side testing

Finally we got some more DTL Gwithian action and I got the pic below on the big Moo and K4 Rockets, stoked, the fins just drive off the bottom and through the top turn beautifully.  Next step will be getting some to test in the Moo quad. I fear I am becoming a fin geek...

Smacking it

If you want to find out more get in touch with Steve Thorp at K4Fins

K4 Fins

http://www.k4fins.com/

 

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