Kents Surf’s Wesley statement: “Having been deeply immersed in the global surf industry for over three decades (owning the world’s largest surf travel company and two surf equipment businesses) and being an avid local Kent surfer for more than 40 years, I have a comprehensive understanding of the surf interest for this site. In addition, my extensive connections in the business world give me insights into decision-making processes. While I am genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of a surf park, it is imperative to view this proposal objectively. The proposed location for the surf park in Kent is environmentally unsuitable”. This is Wesley’s perspective and may not represent the views of the entire surfing community, but it is posted here to be objective.
Passion and love for the sport should not cloud our judgment. Although the concept is commendable, it should be realized in a more appropriate location. This venture largely revolves around profits and opportunities, and we must remain vigilant. There are alternative sites in the county, like Ashford and Maidstone, which are better suited in terms of connectivity and infrastructure. The current site holds immense value and stands as a unique sanctuary in a densely populated region. Preserving our natural habitats is of utmost importance; we have witnessed the ravages of unchecked development for centuries. Once these sanctuaries vanish, they’re gone forever.
Our responsibility is twofold: to appreciate the desire for progress and entertainment but also to safeguard the delicate balance of our natural environment. Kent, with its rich history and natural beauty, deserves careful consideration in all development endeavours. It is essential that we prioritize long-term ecological preservation over short-term gains.
Future generations deserve to inherit a world where nature coexists with development harmoniously. It is our shared duty to make informed, sustainable decisions, ensuring that areas of significance remain untouched. We must take a stand, not just for ourselves, but for the legacy we leave behind. Before greenlighting projects, it’s crucial to evaluate all available options and choose one that aligns with both our recreational desires and environmental preservation. In this case, relocating the proposed surf park to a more suitable location will benefit everyone in the long run.
Let’s act with foresight and consideration, ensuring a brighter future for Kent and its inhabitants.
NOTE: This is Wesley’s perspective and may not reflect the opinions of the entire Kent surfing community.