Kelly Slater Battles Development At One Of Bocas Del Toro’s Best Waves
“It makes absolutely no sense,” Kelly tells Stab.
A developer has started to build an illegal 40-metre pier over the reef at Paunch, one of the best surf spots in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
Kelly Slater has joined the fight to protect the wave. He told Stab that “apparently a developer from Argentina is trying to build a resort with a huge pier/dock right at the main break at Paunch and it makes absolutely no sense. The waves would destroy any pier within months and the pier would be in the current line of the wave. Surfers would get stuck in it after a wave or wipeout.”
Red Frog Bungalows, Bocas Del Toro’s go-to surf resort, organised a protest and, as is tradition, has taken to Instagram to generate awareness before developers begin to make irreparable damage.
“Happy World Ocean Day! Unfortunately, this is how the residents of Bocas Del Toro spent their day! Protecting one of the best surf spots in the Carribean. They started to illegally build a 40-metre pier over the reef. The community knows exactly who is up to the stunt and it is a shame that these people think their big money can destroy something that is for all of the world to enjoy. The surfing community in Bocas Del Toro showed up in force to stop this illegal activity. This is horrible for our coastline, horrible for tourism, and extremely dangerous when the waves are on! This benefits one or a few people and not the country of Panama.”
Paunch, which at times, can be comparable to Indonesia’s Green Bush, is an international draw for surfers. It will take surfer’s from around the world, or one big swell, to show developers what a terrible idea this is.
There isn’t a petition to sign to sign, yet but if you’d like to help protect one of Bocas Del Toro’s best natural resources, show your support on Red Frog Bungalows’ Instagram page.
We’re Having Trouble Picking Snapt4’s ‘Best Barrel’ and Monster ‘Maneuver’
Here are the official nominees. Help us out.
Stab Podcast: Will Peninsula Boy Kelly Slater Spin His Way To Glory At Haleiwa?
Let's hope nobody leaves a menacing note on his car.
Watch: Lucas Godfrey Is The Most Barreled Man Of The Summer
Puerto Escondido has rarely been surfed like this.
Every Once In A While, A Genuine Super-Talent Rears His Pretty Little Head
Bronson Meydi might be that kid.
Haydenshapes Is Doing A Flash Sale On Their Most Precious Blood Diamonds
7 limited edition ‘altered’ surfboards, discounts, and an exclusive art series rollout across stock models.
Let’s Get You A Free Private Session At URBNSURF
We're treating six Stab Premium members to a free surf and tickets to the URBNSURF…
Nic Von Rupp Just Tamed A Giant Nazaré Tube By Hand (No Ski)
Yes, this is a paddle-in.
Watch: The Best ‘Shit Waves’ We’ve Seen With Dane Reynolds And Co.
Everything is relative.
Luca Padua Is A Badass Motherfucker
Meet the 19-year old big-wave prodigy being mentored by Laird Hamilton.
“My Wife Probably Wouldn’t Have Been Bitten By A Pit Viper If We Lived On A Charter Boat”
A land-based surf camp owner explains how his life and business differ from a boat-based…
Opinion: In The Age Of The Vlog, It’s Getting Harder To Find Good Surf Films
Surfing and storytelling are two entirely different skillsets.
Cole Houshmand Gets Crapped On By A Bird, Proceeds To Score Out Of His Mind
Smooth, surgical lines from the San Clemente gentleman in 'Good Luck'.
Erin Brooks Is A Rare Type Of Talent — We Can’t Stop Watching
Watch the Ladybird air-drop into Kandui caverns with a grin on her face.