Newport, Rhode Island
This is September in Newport -- cliff walking tourists and overhead sets. The repairs to the Cliff Walk would threaten this iconic wave.
The Cliff Walk
The Newport Cliff Walk at Ruggles Ave. overlooks one of the most famed breaks on the East Coast.
Newport's own Sid "The Package" Abruzzi and a solid post surf peanut gallery keep a close eye on the action below.
Ian Walsh, born in Rhody, is a second-generation Ruggles surfers but he certainly isn't the only one. With many of the older Ruggles locals starting families of their own, the opposition to this project will be extensive.
This is the line-up at Ruggles and the Cliff Walk that was damaged in front of the The Breakers estate.
Ruggles At Size
Ruggles is one of the few places on the East Coast that will really hold huge swells.
Justin Casey is a second generation Ruggles rider who has dedicated himself to this spot and picks off the best sets on big days. He certainly doesnt want to see two jetties where he does turns like this.
No one is questioning the importance of the Cliff Walk to Newport's tourism economy but the proposed jetties would wreck that natural resource just beyond it.
Brian Burns leans into one during Hurricane Bill in 2009. When these storms start sending groundswell late this summer, Ruggles may not look so perfect.