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Olympic wave riders in frontline of climate change

By Martyn Herman

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Many surfers have big 4x4s or vans and drive large distances along the coast looking for waves. Competitive surfers go through huge numbers of boards, twenty a year easily.

So the sport may be conducted in natural locations, but the participants aren't necessarily eco themselves. As for the "frontline" of climate change, I would say skiers or scuba divers are closer than surfers.

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While sewage and industrial pollution have long been a blight on the habitat of surfers, an existential threat is the predicted sea-level changes brought about by global warming.

Predicted by who? All the predictions I have seen so far have turned out wrong.

Meanwhile, these surfers jet around the earth to get to their favourite wave spots. If they are so concerned about CO2 emission, should they not stay home?

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