Twenty-three years after we started the fight to preserve the surf break at Ma’alaea we succeeded. It is now saved.
To put that amount of time into perspective, Surfrider Foundation came into existence in 1984, twenty-eight years ago, and the campaign to preserve this wave has been going since 1990.
What was at stake was a wave called Freight Trains. The name refers to the speed of the wave... it's thought by many to be one of the world’s fastest waves on the planet.
At the end of last week we were thrilled to see the end to this long-fought campaign.
The victory became a reality when the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and the United States Army Corp of Engineers announced that they were abandoning plans to extend the breakwater at Ma’alaea Harbor.
The Surfrider Foundation and other groups have long opposed the project for fear that it would destroy large sections of coral reef and irreparably damage the nearby surf break.
Protecting our world’s surfing resources is at the very core of what we do so wins like this one are especially meaningful to us.
A huge congratulations to the many volunteers and activists that have fought over the last twenty-three years to make this a reality.
The victory is a landmark win for the Surfrider Foundation, who first began their work to block the project in 1990.
“Even before there was a Maui Chapter, Surfrider Foundation campaigned to save the world-class wave at Ma’alaea," says Stuart Coleman, Hawaii Coordinator for the Foundation.
Over the years, Surfrider Foundation has logged countless hours of community outreach, attended hearings, legal filings and even commissioned an independent review of the Army Corps of Engineers plans for the project.
“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.”