This year, Peniche is again hosting a stage of the World Tour, an event which, judging by the success of last year will bring thousands of people to the beaches of Peniche. In addition to all the necessary infrastructure needed, including its assembly and the alterations to the land necessary for its implementation, thousands of people will invade the beaches during this period. The effects of travel and waste generated by these crowds as well as accessibility to these beaches are still to be taken into account. And all this will take place in an ecosystem as sensitive as the beaches and dunes.
According to information provided by Francis Spinola of Ripcurl and António José Correia, the Mayor of Peniche the SOS team found that the environmental integration of the event this year was the subject of major concern by the organization with the help of several partners such as the Surfriders Foundation, the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Ripcurl Planet, Sociedade Ponto Verde, Zero Carbon, and with the technical collaboration of the ARH (Regional Hydrographic Administration) an unprecedented initiative in Portuguese surfing championships.
Thus, the infrastructure at the Ripcurl Pro at Supertubos is based on stilts to minimize the weight exerted on the dunes and destruction of the existing vegetation, these are also protected by fencing to prevent them from being trampled on. Also at Pico da Mota, the cliffs will be protected by these same measures.
The excavation of sand at Supertubes is one of the concerns raised by local surfers, however it is just the minimum amount necessary and will have no affect on the peak itself, since the volume of sand stirred is relatively small and is always on top of the beach and will be reset after the end of the event.
There will be a collection of garbage and cleaning the beaches by CM Peniche, as well as offsetting CO2 emissions produced in the placement of staff, through Zero Carbon. It should also be noted that the flyers of the event were printed on recycled paper and inks not harmful to the environment and the official t-shirts of the event are made using organic cotton.
SOS, who will be present with the usual collection of signatures and selling t-shirts, finally recommends all those who are going to watch what is certain to be a spectacular show of surfing in Peniche to always bear in mind the preservation of our beaches by:
• Gathering all your waste and depositing it at the appropriate collection points that you find on the beaches;
• Avoiding the use of cars and using the 4 Ripcurl Shuttles that will provide connections from Baleal – Pico da Mota;
• Avoiding parking on the dunes or out of the carparks and use the circular paths that already exist;
• Avoiding being under the eroded cliffs and on the dunes.