It was a 23-year battle, but on May 7 the Surfrider Foundation announced that plans to extend the breakwater at Ma’alaea Harbor on Maui have been permanently put to rest. Several environmental groups expressed concern that the project would cause damage to the coral reef in the area, and consequently diminish the quality of the nearby wave, Freight Trains. For now, it appears the fickle right-hander will continue churning out perfect waves as the Army Corps of Engineers and Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources agreed to discontinue plans for the extension of the breakwater.
Jim Moriarty, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, commented on the magnitude of the victory in the company’s press release, stating, “This win is up there alongside our victory at Trestles in terms of importance. Protecting our world’s surfing resources is at the core of what we do.”