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Surfers organize to battle proposed breakwater

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Surfers organize to battle proposed breakwater
17:59 CEST+02:00
Surfers from around Sweden are planning to demonstrate on Sunday in frustration over negotiations on a proposed breakwater near one of Sweden's best known surf spots.

“Ever since the plans for the breakwater began to take shape, Höganäs municipality has shut the surfers out of the process,” Jonas Lilja, head of a surfers' association in Skåne, said in a statement.

In protest, surfers plan to paddle out at three o'clock on Sunday afternoon near the proposed location of the breakwater near Mölle on Sweden's western coast.

Mölle is one of Sweden's popular surfing locations, having been a regular destination for people looking to “hang ten” while in Scandinavia since the 1980s.

A few years ago, however, the municipality decided to revisit plans by harbour administrators to build a breakwater to protect the harbour's boat traffic.

The surfers are not opposed to the building a breakwater, but are upset that they haven't even been invited to participate in the planning process.

“We simply want the wave break to be placed and built in such a way that the waves we surf won't be affected,” said Lilja.

Attempts to by The Local to reach representatives from Högänäs municipality for comment were unsuccessful.

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