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Wellington’s Lyall Bay has been surfed for more than a century, and locals are worried the airport’s runway extension plans could kill some of the city’s best waves, reports Radio New Zealand.
The airport plans to extend the runway another 350m into the water, and that will affect the peakiness of the waves, cutting the number of surf rides in parts of the bay by nearly a Third.
“This is a very special place for us here in Wellington,” Wellington Boardriders Club president James Whitaker said.
“A lot of people have surfed Lyall Bay, especially the break known as ‘The Corner’, which is the break that runs parallel to the runway. And there’s also a lot of people who on a nice day come down to the beach and watch the spectacle, not just those who take part.
“It would be such a shame if the construction of an extension ruined what’s there, because it’s a very special thing.”
The bay is considered the city’s safest, most reliable break, and the shape of the bay helps focus the waves. At just 15 minutes from the central business district by car, it is undeniably convenient.
But it is also quite a particular beach. In 2014, there were only 125 days where the waves were surfable and only 38 of those days had “very good surf”.
Read the whole article at www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/293132/capital-city-surfers-seek-certainty
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