Broad Beach in Malibu: still a public beach in the next years?

A $4 million seawall is going up in Malibu to protect million-dollar estates threatened by high tides and heavy surf. Local residents like Steven Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn have all agreed to pitch in to protect their homes from beach erosion.

Currently, construction crews are hauling in approximately 70,000 tons of rock from Corona and then, one by one, the rocks are being lowered onto Broad Beach.

Ironic name, huh? In about a month, a 4,000-foot-long, 8-foot-high wall of rock will be constructed. Then the inevitable result will be - no beach.

While there is no dispute that homeowners need to protect their homes, many locals are concerned that residents are trying to keep the public off the beach. Concerned citizens are asking for a commitment from the homeowners to put sand back on the ocean-side of the rocks and restore the beach for public use.

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Students are raising funds to help the Sumatran children

Australian students have raised $70,000 through SchoolAid which is being distributed by SurfAid International to children in West Sumatra who were badly affected by two major earthquakes in Padang late last year.

Earthquakes of 7.9 and 6.3 magnitude struck Padang on 30 September and 1 October, killing more than 1,100 people, injuring thousands more and leaving hundreds of thousands of families homeless and traumatised. More than 200,000 houses and 1,078 schools were severely or moderately damaged, and 50 per cent of health facilities were rendered non-functional.

SchoolAid, a student-led philanthropy program that empowers kids to help other kids in need, launched the Asia Pacific Emergency Appeal immediately after the disaster. One hundred and eighty three Australian schools took action in the appeal.

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Matt Argyle will attempt a Guinness World Record

Matt Argyle (Chairman of the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) and ranked 2nd in the UK for stand up paddleboarding), Claire Blacklock (UK women’s stand up paddleboard champion) and Simon Bassett (BSUPA head coach) will be joined in June by longboarding champion Elliot Dudley and UK stand up paddleboarding champion Jock Patterson for the crossing attempt, which could see them break a Guinness World Record™ along the way.

In the first event of its kind, the paddleboarders will set off from Dover and aim to arrive in Calais around five hours later, having completed the crossing of the world’s busiest shipping lane. The event will be taking place between 18th-25th of June, with the paddlers waiting for the best tide and weather conditions in which to make the 21-mile crossing. If the paddlers are successful they will be the first stand up paddleboard team to have ever crossed the English Channel, and could potentially break the record for the fastest paddleboard crossing as well.

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