Yesterday, New Zealand-based newspaper Newsroom released the first of a three-part investigative piece recounting Jack and Fox’s debacle, which began when the pair returned to the piece of paradise for which they had obtained a 99-year lease from the Fijian government, only to find a rogue Chinese developer was ripping the area to shreds.
“There were two or three excavators in the water, smashing through the reef and digging it out to create a massive channel,” Fox told Newsroom. “There was hydraulic fluid spilling into the water. Another excavator on the land was covering the beautiful little beach on our land with the material from the reef to build a hard zone. It was shocking. We knew they didn’t have a foreshore lease and what they were doing was illegal”.
Fox reached his own land by going through a bush area but was attacked again by the same man. The local Fijian security guards restrained their Chinese colleague and appeared to tell him Fox was entitled to be there.
When Fox went to access his own land through a gate in a fence Freesoul erected across the foreshore, the employee tackled him and got Fijian security guards to help him lock the gate.
Read more here: Surfer Mag