The Trouble with Seawalls

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


For surfers, a beach break has an ephemeral quality. A sandbar might last for months, or might be removed entirely by the next storm. In a few hours a storm can completely resculpt a beach. What this means for the surfer is “keep paddling.”

For the resort or property owner things are not that simple. Such, alas, is the nature of money, investments and perhaps hubris.

Recent events in Tofino remind us that a beach is dynamic in nature and ever evolving…

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