For us surfers, much of our attraction to the ocean comes from the pureness of the water and the connection we feel to its raw energy as we harness the waves under our boards, ride after ride. As we sit in the water and wait for waves to come in, we can hardly appreciate its vastness and beauty. The water is refreshing for us and provides life either directly or indirectly for all the earth’s living species.
An unfortunate trait about the ocean is that nothing taints its beauty and our connection to it as much as trash and filth. Not only is trash dangerous to us and the other things living in the water, but it makes the water totally unappealing. Have you ever been to a coast that is littered in trash? Have you ever seen a wave with plastic and garbage floating around in it? It is disgusting and immediately destroys that allure we typically have for the water.
The pureness and beauty of our oceans is one worth preserving for future generations. As such it is important to maintain its cleanliness in any way we can. In addition to picking up and disposing properly of any garbage you may bring to the beach, we propose that you “take three for the sea”.
Taking three for the sea means picking up at least three extra pieces of trash out of the water or off the sand every time you surf or go to the beach.
While this may not seem like much, three pieces of trash could equate to hundreds and hundreds of millions of pieces of trash in only one year, if every beachgoer collected trash every time they visited the beach. So while one visit’s trash collection efforts may seem insignificant, the cumulative effect of many people would surely make a difference in keeping our coastline clean. Our underwater friends would appreciate our efforts at keeping their home clean as well.
I have found that it is easy to find trash in the sand at almost every beach I frequent. If I don’t happen to find trash on my walk across the beach, I usually lay down my Wavestorm on the sand and stroll the beach for a couple of extra minutes until I have found at least three pieces of trash.
Now that you have read about “taking three for the sea,” share the message with a friend and encourage them to do the same The small amount of effort we put into keeping our beach clean will pay off greatly in the long run, allowing future generations to enjoy the clean environment for years to come.