The Battle for Paradise: Surfing, Tuna, and One Town's Quest to Save a Wave
Pavones is one of the most iconic point breaks in the world, one of the longest left-hand waves on the planet.
You can't just erase it from the map. It's real, and it boosts a regional economy. Every year, the Costa Rican surfing gem attracts thousands of surf tourists, eager to ride it, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
However, in 2004, a multinational company was about to build the world's first yellowfin tuna far, close to the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.
The project would put an end to one of the most beautiful surfing waves on the globe. But a group of local surfers, environmentalists, and fishermen filed a lawsuit against the promoters and won.
They saved Pavones, and "The Battle for Paradise," written by Jeremy Evans, reveals the whole story. The book also works as a guide and benchmark for future surf wars.