Ravaged by Sandy, the popular Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island, is on deck for some hefty repairs. Repair plans proposed by the RIDOT in March of 2013, however, called for placement of huge jetties...smack dab in the middle of one of New England's most popular surf breaks, off Ruggles Ave. An outpouring of support from the global surf community coupled with local efforts led by surf icon, Sid Abruzzi and activist Dave McLaughlin, drew attention to the serious flaws in the original repair plans. Surfrider Foundation's Rhode Island Chapter kept close tabs on the situation throughout the process, wagering a statement of concern regarding the jetties, attending meetings to review plans, and reporting out to the community. Rhode Island's Coastal Resource Management Council held a public meeting July 17, where lower impact, surfer-friendly plans for the Cliff Walk repair were discussed & approved! Major shout outs to the Rhode Island Chapter & to activists near and far who chimed-in to protect this popular surf spot!
Ruggles photo compliments of Dave McLaughlin