Here’s How You Can Protect a Secluded Sandbar

If you are a surfer, nothing beats being out in the water, riding the waves, and feeling the wind in your hair. It’s a different story, however, if you discover a secluded spot, a sandbar for instance, perfect for its waves, crests, and sets. The rest is how to keep an idyllic paradise from the spoilage that comes when the place becomes too popular for its own good.

Protecting the Sandbar

Sandbars are created over time by waves, among other things, and it is these very same waves that attract surfers. It’s no surprise how sandbars or good surfing spots are discovered; surfers and surfing enthusiasts are always on the lookout for great waves. The farther and secluded it is, the better.

Of course, it’s only a matter of time before others come crashing in and enjoy the waves too. While there’s no problem in people surfing at once in a little-known spot (unlike Superbank and all those really crowded waves), it’s the development and progress that will cause greater impact on the environment as the place gains popularity.

What can you do to protect your little piece of heaven?

  • Leave no trace (LNT) in the environment. Be guided by the seven principles of LNT, including but not limited to disposing of garbage properly, paying consideration to other surfers, and leaving the place untouched as you have seen it.
  • Let the government know. Engage with local government bodies on how to preserve the place. They can legislate laws that will control the development or crowd - a very important aspect of responsible tourism.
  • Let your voice be heard. Use social media and other communication channels to raise awareness and rally support for the protection of the sandbar. Band with the surfers and the local community to advocate for the sustainable development of the area.

You are responsible for the sandbar as being one, if not the first, to have enjoyed its waves. Take ownership in preserving the beauty and peacefulness of this surfing spot so it can continue to be an idyllic paradise for years to come.  

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