…We probably wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for the Safer Seas App notification that broke the news.
Fistral, Perranporth and St. Agnes faced ‘Live sewage discharge’ while Crantock and Croyde suffered ‘Diffuse pollution impacting water quality.’ A horrible, dangerous and ongoing situation we surfers have to cope with, but believe it or not things used to be a whole lot worse.
‘Yeah we used to call this place Porth-Tampon’ says Chris as we watch with young families paddle in the turquoise waters of Porthtowan. ‘There used to be effluent in the tide line, condoms in the rock pools and panty liners tumbleweeding through the dunes’. I look at the Brazilian of marram grass that Porthtowan calls its dunes. Children build sandcastles in the baking sunshine. We’re sat at the Blue Bar and the world looks perfect through polarized lens. The still sea is speckled with gulls and a couple of groms in expensive wetsuits are paddling foamies about the bay in search of any bump or ripple. ‘In the end we got sick of being sick!’