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A classic right hander called Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight’s (IoW) is under threat from a proposed harbour development.


Freshwater is a great wave and SAS are calling on all surfers and waveriders for an urgent show of support at a public meeting at 7pm on Sunday the 25th of September at the Sandpiper Hotel (IoW).

The proposal identifies surfers as the only group the development will impact but then tries to play down the impact by implying the concerns of surfers are unimportant as they only “use the wave occasionally”.

This great wave has been surfed consistently since the 70s and by some of the UK’s best surfers. Current British Champ and IoW local Johnny Fryer says: “Freshwater Bay is a great wave and helped me develop my surfing skills. It vital that surfers stand shoulder to shoulder to protect Freshwater for the entire IoW surfing community. We’ve already lost Niton, another good pointbreak to development. Losing Freshwater would leave a massive hole in the local surfing community.”

This is a great opportunity for the surfing community to take a strong stance and ensure any potential developers are well aware of the importance of this wave. Attend the public meeting at 7pm on Sunday the 25th of September at the Sandpiper Hotel.

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