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Ep 12. Hugo Tagholm– A Voice for the Ocean

For our first episode of 2022 we’re coming out swinging with one our of closest allies and one of the most inspired ’ocean and surf activists’ out there, Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage and Finisterre Ambassador.



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For those who don’t know, Surfers Against Sewage is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life.

It was created in 1990 by a group of Cornish surfers from the villages of St Agnes and Porthtowan on the North coast of Cornwall.

A neighbour of ours up here at Wheal Kitty Workshops, we have seen Hugo and the team at SAS grow and achieve a multitude of success over the past 10 years alone with Hugo at the helm and are fast becoming recognized as of one of the most important UK charities of the

From raising the profile of the ocean and the role it plays in our lives to creating and supporting a group of thriving ocean activists the world over, it very much feels that after 30+ years of action,
they too are only just getting started.

 We spoke about the long-standing issues of water quality to the emerging understanding of what’s being coined the ‘Blue Economy’. From citizen science and speaking truth to power to the UN Decade for
the ocean and the radical environmental action we need to see happen now.

“The environment is never
saved it’s always in the process of being saved.”


Surfers Against Sewage – Join/Donate

Water Quality

Micro-plastic and Plastic Pollution

Ocean and Climate

Biodiversity loss

Environmentalism and campaigning

Shared vision of purposeful business, community & sustainability




Tackling the sewage and water quality problem

Combined sewer overflows

Monopolies of water companies

Safer Seas and river service app Real time water quality data

UN Decade for the Ocean

Biggest paddle out protest ever

Positive Activism

The Blue Economy

Blue Carbon Habitats

Marine Protected Areas

Our Ocean Conference 2022, Palau

UN Ocean Conference 2022, Lisbon

Citizen Science

Grassroots network of support

Brand Audits

Beach Cleans

Rewilding our seas and land

Nature based solutions

Climate migration, refugees, relocation


Tom Kay

Fergal Sharkey

Deborah Meaden

Blue Marine Foundation

B Corp

Further Reading