The following comes via Jason Childs, Senior Photographer for Surfer Magazine (via Surfersvillage):
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March 2005: - - I would like to make a few points clear about the destruction that is going on at Panaitan Island a World Heritage listed National Park. I'm devastated by what Matt Rumley and his investors are doing and will be emailing all the Surf Industry and Media asking them to boycott this camp and any Surf Travel Agents, etc that are involved. A newly formed organization out of Jakarta, The Panaitan Island Conservation Group (PICG) will be doing all it can to preserve one of the World's and Indonesia's last untouched areas. We hope you will support us in saving the World Heritage Listed National Park of Panaitan Island, West Java, Indonesia.
Matt Rumley-G Spot Surf Camp owner is building a Surf Camp out at Panaitan Island. Until yesterday he had been selling it as a Surf Camp. But, due to pressure has now changed his tact and has called it an Eco Resort and now claims that he is only managing it for the National Parks Department. This is not the first time people have tried to build a camp out on the Island...
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Panaitan Island Destruction