Surfrider Foundation Saves World's Fastest Wave

After a 23 year battle, Ma'alaea is safe from development plans.

Bitchin' // Johnie Gall // 05/08/12
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By Bill Holmes

After a 23 year battle, Ma'alaea is safe from development plans.

Speed racers can breathe easier this week after the Surfrider Foundation announced yesterday that a famed surf break at Ma'alaea is safe from development plans.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the break, also known as Freight Trains (revered as the world's fastest wave), is safe after the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers abandoned its plans to extend the breakwater at Ma'alaea Harbor. The news comes after a 23 year battle between the Engineer Corp and the Surfrider Foundation, who feared the project would cause permanent damage to large sections of the coral reef and disturb the surf break.

"This win is up there alongside our victory at Trestles in terms of importance," says Surfrider Foundation CEO Jim Moriarty. "Protecting our world's surfing resources is at the very core of what we do."

Learn more about the Surfrider Foundation at Surfrider.org



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