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Brilliant post I had to share from @watergatebaysurfstore. I love this store and their ethos. #Repost @watergatebaysurfstore with @repostapp
Today we received a rather rude email from a disgruntled visitor to our store over the Easter period who was a little upset over our selection of children's bodyboard - she felt we were ripping people off and taking advantage of visitors by charging 'high priced' bodyboards only....(£22 😉) she felt that this was a lot of money for a weeks worth of surfing fun for her children for an item in her words 'We had seen them in Tesco for £10. You charged us £22 for something that we were going to leave behind anyway - a complete ripoff'
We very much care about our beach environment and it's ever apparent that the cheap polystyrene bodyboards that are imported from China and sold like hot cakes at beach stores and supermarkets in coastal areas are just not suitable for purpose, breaking after only a couple waves. They are then left on the beach to pollute the environment with eps polystyrene or abandoned for someone else to deal with, ending up in landfill.
For this reason during 2017 and into the future our store will not carry these items. We do however stock a more durable bodyboard, that due to its more durable and withstanding construction does come with a marginally higher price tag - but will last for many years and hundreds of waves! We also have the option or hiring bodyboard for a small fee and know that this is a great and sustainable way for those wanting some short term fun in the ocean.
We are sorry that 'we will never be returning to your store ' but we are confident and happy that our selection of more sustainable items ensure we sleep a little easier at night, knowing we're making good decisions that ultimately ensure our small piece of heaven at #watergatebay is better place for everyone to enjoy.
The picture above is from an article last summer highlighting the abandoned bodyboards - showing just 200 of the 600 boards discarded at only 3 beaches!!!!!
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