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Ten remote waves with a serious litter problem

Posted on November 08 2016

As part of our support for the plastic project and photographer Tim Nunn, we're helping publicise and spread the word with some blogs. Here's the first of a series, and remember if you'd like to help why not purchase one of the Hoax x Plastic Project water bottles HERE

10. Bag Pipe 
Nestled at the edge of a rock shelf not too far from Thurso, is this gem. I have shot it to death over the years and it's such a fun picturesque little number to shoot. But whilst the immediate reef may look pretty clean walk round the corner and the tideline is a mess of rubbish. 


9. The Ice Beach, Southern Iceland
More famous for its natural icy litter, and despite the high energy nature of the stretch of coast there is still plastic and fishing gear, not in huge numbers but enough to make an impact. Ian Battrick of Lunasurf Wetsuits here dodging bergs.


8. Wilderness Slab, Canada
I've been lucky enough to camp out here for weeks on end in the Canadian wilderness, but despite its isolation, miles from civilisation, there was still rubbish on the beach. It still bugs me looking at these two shots of bears, one with a foam tube in front of it, and these were everywhere, and the other with a big gulp plastic cup, and there was a lot more besides.

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7. The Dunes, Iceland
This beach break is not super remote, but I won't spoil the adventure for people by saying exactly where it is, lets just say it's on the south cost of Iceland. The fun bone crunching peaks can get pretty good, but the beach here is pretty shocking. Loads of tiny pieces of plastic in the tide line, bottles frozen into the beach last time we were there and the dune system more or less anchored by fishing nets.

san_luisThese dunes were literally held together by nets washed up on winter storms.

6. Unstad, Norway
The Arctic beauty, the crisp clear air and the quality waves are easy to see, what isn't is what lies along the boulder shoreline, but it's there in large quantities. It doesn't take long to hop between the rocks and start to find fishing gear, all sorts of bottles and bits of plastic from pram wheel to torches. The torch in question we traced to North America, whilst there was plenty from Russia as well.

s24five_minute_unstad A two minute beach clean between shots at Unstad

5. Capbreton, France
Ian Battrick of Lunasurf Westsuits in a clean tube[/caption] OK so this isn't very remote, in fact it's one of the most famous stretches of beach break on the planet, but it's also one of the most plastic ridden. It's sadly a place where I swim out and regularly get tangled in rubbish, the beaches beyond where the tractors stop are just littered with rubbish, and even where they clean there is plastic, as the shot of the rubbish on the table shows.  


4. The Right, Iceland
This shot is one that sparked The Plastic Project, this right point in Iceland isn't super remote, well by Icelandic standards anyway, but the perfect point and snow capped mountains are marred for me by the little dots of colour up the beach, that's plastic and there is loads more up and down the point. It is close to a harbour, but it's still no excuse for somewhere so beautiful.

arctic_pointWe're tracking this bottle of Caustic Soda back to its producer.ol1There is just loads of plastic on this point.

3. Other Parts of remote Iceland
Going to be a bit general here, this is a series of breaks over a large area of Iceland. The local crew surf all year round, and whilst not hard to find I'd hate to spoil the adventure by giving them away. Suffice to say I'm horrified by the coast up here, out of the Gulf Stream, and facing Greenland with very little in the way of population it is covered in plastic waste. Mind blowing how our actions are affecting such a remote corner of the planet.  

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2. The North of The Sun Beach
I didn't realise this was where they filmed the film North of The Sun until we found their house, which is entirely made of stuff found on the beach. Over the course of the winter the Norwegian boys removed 3.5 tonnes of rubbish off this beach, a beach that takes three hours to hike into, is so remote but sits at the end of the Gulf Stream. When we turned up the situation was mind-blowing, so much rubbish on the beach, closest I have come to tears, such an incredibly beautiful place, ruined by our irresponsibility.

hike3hike9 So remote, yet so covered in rubbish

1. Oldshoremore
We turned up expecting a fun little right-hander, we found in places almost waist deep plastic. Nestled on the north west coast of Scotland this place shocked me. Remote, seemingly sheltered and untouched it was an absolute magnet for rubbish, and at the end of the winter it was stacked. So sad.   [embed][/embed] So that's it, there is more, way more and we now strike out on the next mental part of the mission into even more remote stretches of coastline. 


Not plastics, just the potential of radioactive litter in the form of particles the size of sand, scary, but love to swim at this place.

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