How the Surfing Business Could be a Wipeout for an Iconic Calif. Town

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


To create perfect surfing conditions, nature needs to provide the right amount of deep-ocean swells, peculiar ocean-floor geography and wind.

“Because they’re out in the water surfers are a good indicator species for the impacts of climate change.”

Coupled with sea-level rise, as beaches erode, the practice of beach replenishment – dredging and dumping sand to extend beaches and reclaim them from the ocean – is also destroying surf in some communities…

Read Full Article, EENews

Sebastian Inlet, Florida; By Eddie Jarvis (04-01-2011)
A surfer’s view of shoreline engineering.

Palm Beach Mid-Town Dredge Project, A Video (02-04-2015)

Endless Erosion Battle a Matter of Money, The St Petersburg Tribune (07-21-2014)

Waikiki Beach Eroding Less Than A Year After $2.2M Sand Restoration, Pacific Business News (01-24-2013)
A section of Hawaii’s famed Waikiki Beach is starting to erode, less than a year after the completion of a $2.2 million project to replenish the sand on about 1,730 feet of shoreline that had been suffering from chronic erosion.

From Coast To Coast, Vanity Fair (07-23-2013)
At opposite ends of the country, two of America’s most golden coastal enclaves are waging the same desperate battle against erosion…

We Need to Retreat From the Beach, An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey

” The Last Beach,” a book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper
“In The Last Beach, the authors describe the top five threats to beaches around the world. Even a quick overview of these threats suggests a strategy for confronting the degradation and loss of beaches. It’s no surprise that a comprehensive, long-term beach protection strategy requires significant changes to our economic system, a system that has overdeveloped and polluted beaches to the extent that they have become unhealthy places to swim or even play in the sand…”—Countercurrents

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