The team at SOS – Save our Surf recently went to Madeira to collaborate with the Autonomous Region of Madeira with the scope of protecting, preserving and enhancing the waves Madeira.
Among the various activities undertaken by the organization, there were the environmental education activities, as well as analysis of specific areas in order to develop and enhance these same maritime spaces.
Meetings were also held with Paulo Oliveira, Service Director of the Madeirense Natutal Park and Dília Menezes, Head of Nature Conservation, as well as with John Rodrigues, Olympic windsurfer and Regional Advisor to the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources. These turned out to be quite productive and revealing towards the interest and commitment of the region in wave sports.
During the SOS team’s stay on the island, the Regional Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Manuel António Correia, announced at the Seventh Annual Tourism Conference, that some actions are being prepared towards the creation of a World Surfing Reserve, with the possible ‘recovery of waves that were affected’ by interventions on the coast. (Full story on the VII Annual Tourism Conference .)
Pedro Bicudo, president of the association, points out that “SOS is very happy for this opportunity to contribute to the development of surfing in Madeira, an archipelago of unique natural beauty and several world class waves. Madeira has the natural conditions and know-how to become a center of surfing in an important national and international context.”
The president of SOS also highlights the importance of these kinds of missions and the involvement of local authorities with the association. «SOS appreciates the support of the Madeirense surf clubs and associations, especially João Rodrigues, Regional Secretariat of Environment, the Department of the Natural Park of Madeira and the surf camp Maktub and SIXT.”