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  • Let's get a few facts straight about surfing at Cromer. Despite the impression given by surf-school operator Ben Kewell in Tuesday's E.D.P ("Surf's Up In Norfolk") surfers have been active at Cromer for a long time. For over forty years in fact. Since the early 1960's their numbers have varied. Their clubs, surf shops and locally published magazines have come and gone, but there has never been an accident involving a fishing boat, even at more heavily-surfed East Runton, where more than one fisherman was also a surfer. (One of the best local surfers became Cox of Lowestoft lifeboat, by the way.) Maxine Archer is correct - surfers watch carefully for approaching waves. They can easily see an incoming boat and quickly move out of danger. David Bumphrey is wrong - waves aren't the same all along the beach. If he watches more closely he'll see that rideable waves only form, as Maxine says, at certain points, and that's where experienced surfers need to be. Inexperienced beginners under Mr. Kewell's tuition are a different matter - they can learn the basics on small, broken surf all along the beach. As for Mr. Bumphrey's dismissal of the surfing community, I refer him to the fundraising contest organised by two young surfers at Cromer in January 2005, in aid of the Boxing Day tsunami survivors. Hundreds of surfers from allover East Anglia and beyond supported the event, and bought a video made on the day, raising over £1,000 for the fund. The true surfing community is low-profile, made up of committed enthusiasts from all walks of life, who surf mostly in winter. There's no reason they shouldn't continue to share the sea with fishermen. For the record, I've been surfing since 1969.

    Neil Watson

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

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