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Images: Yesterday’s protest at Perenenan Beach. Images: Facebook. @ AlexZemlyakov‎

Hundreds of surfers and other concerned citizens of Canggu were protesting the development of one of Bali’s favourite surfing beaches yesterday afternoon.

According to details of the development plan, which can be seen below, the project will be developing a section of Perenenan beach into a boardwalk style promenade, beachclub, and housing development. The area is prone to beach erosion during the wet season but surfers and environmentalists believe the construction of the groins and promenade will create more erosion and the possibility of destroying the quality surf break in front of the river mouth.


Surfers form a circle out to sea in protest to more concrete on the beach.

To our knowledge, there was minimal consultation with the local people in the area and kept hush hush as the environmental impact study was developed. The development is a local banjar and government funded project.

While some people are saying the project will be good for the local economy, others are saying if they destroy the beach no tourists will want to go there.

A call was put out by surfers in Bali, mainly through social media to take a stand yesterday at 5pm on Pererenan Beach against what would be another staggering loss for surfers on the island.

Surfers gathered at 5pm at Pererenan Beach to “Save the Wave”. A memo circulated by the Persatuan Selancar Ombak Indonesia (PSOI) Bali Province prompted all board-riders in Bali to get involved and show solidarity for the cause.

Promotional video of the project.


Project plans for Perenenan Beach

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  • brian grant
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    Yes you go right ahead and spoil yet another part of our coastline…all for the sake of money. Bali is…..or was a beautiful traditional holiday resort for the westerner to come and relax and end enjoy the local culture and traditions and get away from the western environment yet the government just do not see it that way they think it’s what the tourists want which of course translates into $$$ 🙁 If only the people who make these decisions realised that with all this destruction of the coastline is keeping people away…they do not want western style development. Bali is overrun with western development and the long time returning visitors are not returning. It would be a nice gesture if the government/banjars of this island for once looked after their own people and the culture and traditional lifestyle not to mention the traditional surrounding architecture instead of their own pockets 🙁

  • Xue
    Reply

    Save your money and do a virtual reality beach. This ugly concrete POS will take away the main reason us tourists like to come to Bali in the first place.

    • brian grant
      Reply

      You are so right…unfortunately this government sees an opportunity to make money which in turn any complaints or protests fall on deaf ears.

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  • […] Hundreds of surfers and other concerned citizens were protesting the Perenenan Beach development on Tuesday evening as they believe the construction will destroy one of Canggu’s better surf breaks. They were also protesting the general and rampant over-development of the island, while roads and other more urgent infrastructure is only receiving minimal funding and direction. […]

  • […] Hundreds of surfers and other concerned citizens were protesting the Perenenan Beach development on Tuesday evening as they believe the construction will destroy one of Canggu’s better surf breaks. They were also protesting the general and rampant over-development of the island, while roads and other more urgent infrastructure is only receiving minimal funding and direction. […]

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