Kilauea Lava Flows Are Destroying Beloved Surf Breaks

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It is no secret that the lava flow from the Kilauea eruptions have been destroying land and homes across the big island in Hawaii. However, it may come as a surprise that the lava is also claiming some beloved surf spots along the coast.

The lava from Kilauea has been flowing since May 3rd, and now the lava delta has expanded into the Pacific Ocean nearly half a mile beyond the original coastline, according to the Honolulu Star Advisor.

This means that the coastline where waves used to break is now overcome by molten rock from Fissure 8.

“It’s crazy because the lava took houses, which is already terrible and very sad how much that has hurt people. But houses can be rebuilt. We cannot rebuild waves,” said Hilo surfer Cliff Kapono in an interview with Surfer Magazine.

Although it is a big loss for the surfing community of Hawaii--especially the breaks of Bowls, Secrets, and Dead Trees--many big island locals are taking to social media in this time to remember the waves they grew up riding at Pohoiki.

“That place made us all strong. It’s disappearing more as we speak, but all the memories we made at this place will live forever, and we’ll pass stories of those waves on to our children,” said big island local Mikey O’Shaughnessy in an interview with Surfer Magazine.

Scientists are still speculating how long the eruption will continue, but it is likely that lava flow could continue for months, according to the Honolulu Star Advisor.

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