BS: As a windsurfer do you often hear about issues to do with Protecting Our Oceans?
KV: I hear from a few initiatives about keeping our oceans and beaches clean, like the Surfrider Foundation, +H2O or the Clean Ocean Project. Mostly I hear about beach clean-ups and similar initiatives that they organize. It’s great that some surfers and windsurfers take responsibility about the surroundings we love. Unfortunately it mostly can’t be taken by the source of the problem. All the oceans are connected and get used and polluted by pretty much every country on this planet.
BS: One of the main topics that comes up in mainstream media is overfishing, do you notice much about this on your travels, do you witness any of it first hand?
KV: Honestly, I don’t notice too much about it at first sight. You only hear about it by speaking to the local fishermen, as they don’t catch half of what they used to catch. Industrial trawlers just take out every creature – if they have use for it or not…
BS: The ocean is the foundation of your passion, windsurfing, do you personally do anything to reduce any negative impacts you may have on it?
KV: As I mentioned above, the oceans are all connected and everything that goes into the sea at some place in the world might end up at your local beach at some point. Also us Surfers and Windsurfers use electricity, oil and boards that are not the most eco-friendly toys in the world. Everyone can take his own actions to reduce emissions and pollution. There are eco-friendly cars, you can share a ride to the beach and there are even board brands using less toxic ingredients than others. Just be aware of the price we all pay for being “cheap” for some things we buy or use… And to come back to the overfishing – eat the local fish from local fishermen.
See last weeks feature with Olya Raskina on Marine Pollution by clicking the image below.
Chile Photos – Leif Bischoff
JC – John Carter