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  • Anyone who knows anything about the sea would understand that the “gentle” waves are not the same all along the beaches of Cromer, and that in that particular area of beach to the east of the pier there are man made structures (the pier and the stone groyne) and natural phenomena (the large flint reef) that have affected the way the sand has built up, and therefore how the waves break. Along the rest of the beach there are less of these influencing factors and so the waves are not so good for surfing. The pier also offers shelter in North-Westerly winds, which are common with the swells that we experience in this particular area of the North Sea. This is probably a more likely reason as to why surfers are attracted to this area of the beach. The fishermen have an extremely valid point; that they do not want to be responsible for the death of a surfer. This does not mean that surfers should not be allowed to surf there. The sea is a free natural resource that should be used and enjoyed by all. But surfers certainly need to be more aware that fisherman cannot always see them and that it is up to them to move out of the landing area when boats are coming in. This is why the sign was put there, and I’m sure the new wording will reflect that. As for Mr Kewells surf school, he is no different to the fishermen in that he is a private business man earning a living by working with the sea. Why should he not be consulted if there are changes on the foreshore that will affect his livelihood? He has as much right to conduct his business there as anybody else. What would happen if tourists and beach users suddenly decided that fishermen beaching their boats on such a busy beach was too dangerous for their liking, and they wanted them to move somewhere else? I think a little understanding on this issue would go a long way, from both sides.

    Maxine Archer

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

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