Rock Up for Surfers Against Sewage

Surfing off West Pier. Image by Chris Beasley.

This Saturday 26th May, Tribal Wave Movie Nights will host their fifth installment of Rock Up, a surf and environmentally themed movie night, in aid of Surfers Against Sewage. This time, they’re leaving the white cliffs of Rottingdean behind, in favour of Brighton’s West Pier.

Rock Up’s first event in 2012 was an amazing success

The thinking behind Rock Up is simple. The original brains behind the night, local surfer and filmmaker Daniel Emile Satchell and Ruby Patterson, wanted to put on a night that celebrated local surfers and talented cinematographers, whilst simultaneously raising awareness (and money) for the amazing charity that is Surfers Against Sewage. However, it was already apparent that a night intended to showcase so much talent had to be far bigger than the standard ‘screen and projector’ set-up. It was eventually concluded that were would be no location more perfect than nature’s own screen: the white chalk cliff’s of Rottingdean. And there was born Rock Up.

Daniel Emile Satchell surfing in front of Brighton Pier. Image by Chris Beasley.

Rock Up’s first event was immensely successful, with hundreds of locals turning up to show support for local surfers as well as raise money for Surfer’s Against Sewage. This huge turn-out included many local surfers, whom organiser Daniel Emile Satchell describes as “some of the most passionate surfers in the UK, purely because we never get consistent waves”. It would be easy to conclude that it is this passion from Brighton’s surf community that will not only make Rock Up a continuing success, but also be invaluable in the city’s quest for perfectly clean beaches. Daniel went on to add that not only is the community very supportive of one another, but also incredibly “protective about our beaches.”

“With such a strong message to share about what plastics are doing in our oceans we wanted to bring it central.” – Daniel Emile Satchell, Rock Up Organiser

Daniel also noted that this year’s move to Brighton beach from Rottingdean has been done with the intention of bringing the ever-growing concern of plastic in our oceans to the forefront of Brighton residents minds: “With such a strong message to share about what plastics are doing in our oceans we wanted to bring it central.”

The charity itself (which was coincidentally one of the seven official charities of the Royal Wedding last weekend!) was originally set up in Cornwall in the 1990s, and describes themselves as a “community dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife”, an issue that we know is incredibly close to the hearts of Brighton people. The charity has grown enormously in both funding and support since then, and is now working towards a plastic- free coastline. The charity has many representatives across the country, including surfer Andrew Coleman, the representative for Brighton, who joined Surfers Against Sewage in it’s first year. For more information about the incredible ongoing work of Surfers Against Sewage, visit their website.

Rock Up’s first event was amazing projected on the backdrop of Rottingdean’s white chalk cliffs

So an amazing charity and message behind a truly unique event (and a fantastic weather forecast!), we couldn’t imagine a single excuse not to Rock Up this Saturday. It is technically a free event, organisers just ask for a suggested £5 per person donation towards Surfers Against Sewage. The event starts at 8.00pm, be sure to bring something comfy to sit on. For more information visit their Facebook page.

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