Punta de Lobos celebrates three-month construction freeze

May 23, 2014 | Surfing
Punta de Lobos: Chile's most powerful left-hander

The world-class surf spot of Punta de Lobos, in Chile, has earned a three-month construction freeze, halting a huge development along the country's most famous left-hand point.

Save The Waves Coalition and the local group Comité Defensa Punta de Lobos have taken an additional step to protect this beautiful, raw coastline from the recent onslaught of proposed residential and commercial development that will disrupt its natural state.

"It took a lot of strategizing and work to pull this off and we are encouraged by this initial success. The next steps are to quickly put a series of actions into place, during this temporary freeze, to help us secure the legal, long-term protection of Punta de Lobos," explains Nick Mucha, from Save The Waves Coalition.

Both organizations are working with local and regional government, coastal advocates, and landowners on a number of strategies to secure long-term protection. This opportunity will allow the team to build a solution during the next three months to guarantee permanent protection of this iconic coastline.

The goal is to create a green space on the ocean-facing perimeters of Punta de Lobos, thereby guaranteeing sustainable use on the most environmentally sensitive, culturally rich, and scenic spaces along Punta de Lobos, one of the best big wave surf spots in the world.

Big wave surfer Ramón Navarro participates in the process of protecting the sensitive surf spot. He has been working for years in the launch of the World Surfing Reserves at Punta de Lobos.

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