Surfs up at Stackpole
The Surf Ambassador Scheme launches at Stackpole in Pembrokeshire.
The National Trust at Stackpole is one of the partners that look after one of the most stunning parts of the Pembrokeshire coastline; Freshwater West. This beautiful wind swept beach attracts a huge number of visitors all year round, but it is also known as one of the most consistent surf destinations inWales, providing ideal conditions for the sport. The Welsh Surfing Championships have been held here, the latest in 2012, and the Pembrokeshire Surf Ryders held their recent Surf Ryder cup at the beach earlier this month.
So, Freshwater West was the natural focus for the Stackpole team and National Trust Surf Ambassador, Raife Gaskell a local to the area, to launch their first event working together.
A pre-release screening of the British surf movie 'The Endless Winter' was shown at the Stackpole Centre followed by a beach clean at Freshwater West the following day.
Tickets to watch the film were sold out whilst over 80 people turned up the following day to help collect as much litter as possible off the beach totalling a fantastic 117 bags.
The Surf Ambassador scheme was originally formed to support and promote the conservation work carried out in the surfers' playgrounds along the Devon andCornwallcoast and now the scheme will be involved in the Trusts work along the Pembrokeshire coast.
Rebecca Stock, operations manager at Stackpole said "the Surf Ambassador Scheme will help us at Stackpole to build relations both locally and regionally and give us the opportunity to engage with a much wider audience. We were absolutely delighted with the turn out to both events this weekend which was purely down to Raife and his influence within the surfing community. I'm really looking forward to working with Raife, who is passionate about the work we do, to organise more events and further raise the profile of the work we do in preserving the beautiful coastline here in Pembrokeshire"