Surfers Against Sewage

Non-profit Membership

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. Surfers Against Sewage projects target coastal environmental issues including marine litter, sewage pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping, industry and coastal development. The charity aims to create measurable improvements in the state of the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches through changes in public behaviour, government policy and industry practices.

SAS also believes that waves and surf spots deserve to be seen as part of UK heritage and should be afforded greater recognition and protection through political debate and legislation. SAS is working hard to raise the public awareness of these natural resources, the environmental, physical and geological factors that create waves and how they are integral to coastal ecosystems and can help support thriving, sustainable and economically successful coastal communities around the UK.

To achieve our aims SAS:

  • Influences governments on key issues affecting oceans, beaches and recreational water users and policies needed to deliver a cleaner and safer marine environment.
  • Creates volunteering opportunities for individuals and communities to be involved with activities to safeguard our seas, coastlines and beaches.
  • Educates communities on the achievable, sustainable solutions, which can help protect our waves, oceans and beaches.
  • Challenges industry to adopt better standards to protect our coastal environment.
  • Promotes scientific, economic and health evidence to support calls for a cleaner and safer marine environment.
  • Informs the general public about issues affecting UK waves, oceans and beaches, and those that use them.



The Marine Litter Report, 2014 – 2020 Vision. (2014)  –

The economic impact of domestic surfing on the UK (2013) –

SAS Sustainable Guide To Surfing (2011) –

SAS War Report (Waves Are Resources) (2010) –

Guidance On Environmental Impact Assessment Of Offshore Renewable Energy Development On Surfing Resources And Recreation (2009) –

Climate Change – A Surfer’s Perspective (2008) –

Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, SAS

Hugo has been Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage ( for over six years, taking the organisation into its most successful phase of growth & delivery across environmental campaigns, fundraising, supporter development and charitable partnerships, both domestic and international. Hugo is a charity & communications professional with over 15 years experience, and has worked with organisations including the Climate Coalition ( and the Wildlife Trusts ( Prior to SAS, Hugo also worked with the former Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, helping run her charity PiggyBankKids (now TheirWorld –, set up to help save the lives of premature babies and create opportunities for under privileged young people. Hugo studied at the University of Exeter.

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