Pro Surfer Kyle Thiermann Talks Nuclear Power in South Africa with Kelly Slater, Van Jones, and Foster Gamble

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The nuclear disaster in Japan was a wake up call for the world and since then all but 11 of the 50 nuclear reactors in Japan have been closed and the rest will likely go offline in the next year. Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Israel are all looking away from nuclear power as a result of the catastrophe.

But even with all the worldwide pushback, South Africa is set to construct a massive nuclear power plant in Jeffreys Bay, widely known as one of the best surfing spots in the world. Kyle Thiermann, pro surfer and head of Surfing for Change visited Jeffreys Bay firsthand to learn the impact that the plant will have.

Watch the Video with Kelly Slater, Van Jones, and Foster Gamble

Not only is Jeffreys Bay considered to have one of the best point breaks in the world, both for consistency and quality, it’s also an ecosystem that’s known for a diversity of bird species. People come from all over the world not only for the surfing, but to sail, fish, canoe, and witness the whale migration. Its ample wind and sun make it a prime location for clean energy sources, according to the Surfing for Change video.

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In the video you'll meet Takayuki Wakita, a Japanese surfer who escaped Japan after the nuclear disaster so that his family wouldn’t be forced to live around radiation. It provides a stern reminder of what can happen when a reactor is built in your neck of the woods.

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Thiermann also talks to a number of thought leaders within the industry including Van Jones, former adviser to the White House on Green Jobs and best selling author; Kelly Slater, 11 time ASP World Surfing Champion; and Foster Gamble of Thrive. In the movie, they discuss the lessons that can be learned from the tragedy in Japan and why they shouldn't be repeated along South Africa's stunning coastline.

The video outlines how the future of energy is bright with sources like solar, wind energy, and free energy, rather than digging holes in the ground in search of oil, coal, natural gas, and uranium. After Japan's frightening disaster, we're more aware than ever of what can go wrong.

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