How One Surfer is Battling Chinese Developers to Save a Slice of Fiji

A year and a half or two years ago now, my Fijian partner Jonah rang me up and said the Chinese have bought next to us and they’re ripping the reef up coming straight to our land.

And a couple years ago, along with a couple of mates, he bought a slice of land on an adjacent island, about a six-mile boat ride from the wave, with the hope of building a few bures (huts) for their respective families and spending four-to six-months a year there.

Then he got a call telling him a one-hundred-million-dollar Chinese casino-resort had moved in next door and the owners begun cutting down his trees, ripping up his reef and annexing his land.

Mr Banirama (Fiji’s Prime Minister) had to pull the journalists out of lock-up and apologize and went on record saying he was going to sort this out and get to the bottom of what Freesoul is doing.

We’re going, ‘woah man! ’ Jonah is sending me photos while I was in Australia then all of a sudden there was an excavator out in the middle of the reef at low tide digging a hole up.

On land there must be half a dozen concrete mixers, concrete trucks, four or five excavators, enough block-work blocks to lay for a small town, a concrete plant and about four or five sheds of concrete bags.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

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