It was the first time surfers have shown they intend for surfing to be preserved and developed in the Alentejo.  The local surfers are committed to preserving the sport, not only for the quality of life for residents in neighbouring towns, but also for the many tourists who visit the Alentejo.

As previously announced, the association SOS – Save our Surf, were in the Sines region last weekend of May 21/22, to clarify surfers and the local community the impacts of the project to extend the Sines Port jetty in São.Torpes.

SOS and the Sines Port Administration

SOS-Save our Surf had already taken action a few weeks ago when the Sines Port Administration (APS) agreed to have a meeting with SOS.  A meeting which has proved very important for surfing, due to a legal loophole, the impacts on the surf are not studied by law.  SOS has attempted to highlight the importance of impacts on the surf to the ongoing work.  Following that meeting, the APS has provided SOS with studies on the beach at São.Torpes, which were carried out by APS and SOS is grateful for.

Thus, last weekend was marked by the involvement of the local surfing community to help with the cause of SOS – Save our Surf.  Nearly a hundred surfers participated in forming the human logo “SOS” and at the conference “SOS – SãoTorpes.

In environmental partnership with the Alentejo Regional Surfing Circuit organized by the Sines Surf Club, SOS made good use of the presence of many surfers and beach users at Aivados beach during the day on Saturday to create awareness of SOS’s causes to the local community.  Of which included a tent where people who want to volunteer to help SOS provided information and documents, as well as raised donations.

The impacts of the construction of the Sines Port on St.Torpes beach

At 7.30pm the conference “SOS- São.Torpes ” was held at the Centro de Artes de Sines in a very nice and well equipped room, which proved too small for this purpose.  The conference was opened by André Teixeira, president of the Surfing Association in the Alentejo.  The second speaker was Sergio Santos, President of Sines Surf Club.  Then the professor of IST and president of SOS, Pedro Bicudo explained the impacts of the extension of the jetty on São.Torpes beach.  Changes in conditions for surfing, affecting some of the best waves of the Alentejo region, as well as the change to the long sandy beach in São.Torpes are the main impacts expected.  Finally, there was a very involved public debate on the future of surfing in the area of Sines.

Human SOS logo

The following day SOS returned to attend the Alentejo Regional Surfing Circuit, this time on L-Point beach.  Good weather, excellent waves and the completion of the surfing and bodyboarding regional finals drew hundreds of people to the beach.  To end SOS’s involvement – Save our Surf entered the water with surfers and bodyboarders, to form the giant human logo “SOS” which was made up of almost a hundred surfers.

During the event, “SOS – São.Torpes” took its first steps to creating a regional centre of SOS – Save our Surf.  Alentejo surfers are committed to preserving the region’s beaches and supporting studies and projects to develop the surf.  Whilst taking into account the large industrial centre in the area and Sines’ strategic Port, so that they are compatible with the surf at the highest level.

SOS welcomes the success of this initiative and once again thanks the surfers and the local community who joined the cause SOS – Save our Surf.