As well as a weekend of contemporary surf filmmaking Newquay was also host to the S.E.E.D conference. For the second year in a row the students of Newquay College have pulled in industry speakers to talk and share their hopes and interests for a better future for surfing.
This year’s S.E.E.D (Social, Economical, Environmental and Developmental) saw the likes of Chris Hines MBE and Hugo Tagholm from Surfers Against Sewage opening the event with strong and positive messages about how surfers can be the change they want. Sam Bleackley took us to China to witness the positive effects our beloved pastime can have in enriching and empowering individuals who protect their environment and become the guardians of their coastlines. Malcolm Findley’s Blubber and flubber asked us not to believe the hype of neoprene manufacturers (or pee in our wetsuits), but instead adopt a better environmental behaviour- care for and repair existing suits. And this was a key theme across the day, being selective as a consumer. Before you head out and get that new board, wetsuit or shorts think! Do you need it? Is there an alternative? It only takes the slightest research to make your buying power count towards a cleaner better ocean.
Joe Taylor (the Wave Project), Karl Fice Thomson (Beach Classes) and Tyler Worth and Anya Gilbert (the SEAS Project) talked us through the value of surfing and the coast as both an education tool but the therapy it can offer all of us but particularity those with a need for peace in their lives.
Well done to all the students for a fantastic event. More information can be found on their facebook page or see below to watch the edited highlights
Oh and thanks to Nathan’s mum for the unbelievable cakes!
See everyone next year