The Student Windsurfing Association

The Landowners at Gwithian Beach, N.Cornwall are proposing to restrict many sports including windsurfing on their beach.

Help the SWA fight this proposal!

As Winston Churchill may have once said:

" We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in [Gwithian],
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,
we shall defend our [Windsurfing], whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender "

The actual proposal as it stands:

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Extract from an email the SWA received 22/4/08

The landowners at Gwithian are talking about introducing restrictions to all wind powered sports and horse riding on the beach from Godrevy to Peter’s Point, including rigging kites and windsurfers. This is in theory set for an introductory trial this year over a two month period 7th July to 7th September during the hours the lifeguards are on the beach. It would mean that if you Windsurf. Kitesurf. Kite Buggy, Kiteboard, Speedsail, Blokart, ride a horse or just want to fly a kite, you will not be able to.

An advisory ban will invalidate any 3rd party insurance cover you have, and will effectively prevent respectable sailors and schools from operating while the ban is in place.

This will of course impact severely not only on your performance of your sport on this beach, but the income of those businesses operating on the beach and supplying services locally – campsites, restaurants, bars and B&B’s for example.

While there is the potential for problems with mixed beach usage, there are no recorded incidents so far.  [] have proposed a zoning system to allow continued use along with protection of the numerous bucket and spade brigade – many of whom of course have family members wanting to take part in the sports. It is possible that the extent and timing of the zoning system has been misunderstood, but it looks like it has been rejected. 

End of Extract 

So what can you do to help stop this ban?

Follow the link below to and fill in the form there asap. It takes less than a minute and may mean that you and other Student Windsurfers can continue using the beach this summer and for many years to come.

Fight The Ban

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