Dave Rastovich and Māori greeting © KASM
Dave Rastovich & Zen Wallis talk about sea bed mining proposals in New Zealand
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 February, 2013 : - - For Zen Wallis, at last, relief ... on December 1st 2012, David “Rasta” Rastovich paddled the final metres into Piha after a testing two-week, 350 km journey from Taranaki. The paddle was long, tough and treacherous. It pushed Rasta, one of the world’s greatest surfers, to new limits. But he’d made it.
The paddle was designed to draw attention to the work of KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining – kasm.org) and the proposals in place for the entire West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. If it occurs, Rasta and many others believe the mining will result in environmental catastrophe. The collapse of the local fishing industry is likely, along with the total extinction of species such as the Maui’s Dolphin.
For surfers like Zen, who was born and raised at Piha, they face the possibility that the breaks they have ridden their entire lives and that have become internationally famous, inspiring others to travel and visit New Zealand, may be wiped out forever.
Source: NZ Green TV
Author: Chris Kirkham
Tags: Dave Rastovich, Maui’s Dolphin, Popoto Dolphin, New Zealand