Frames: Nicole Pacelli Battle Jaws, Hawaiians Battle GMOs
Photo: Erik Aeder
Throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago, freshwater run-off has created countless surf breaks, not only carving channels through the inshore coral reef systems (fresh water being coral Kryptonite), but distributing the lava rock that helps form legendary waves like Peahi, on Maui. Concern is mounting, however, that the proliferation of GMOs—genetically modified organisms—in crops and their accompanying pesticides are turning the island chain’s vital run-off into a toxic stew. That’s probably not on Nicole Pacelli’s mind as she drops down a Peahi bomb, but probably very much on her mind if she were to sit down for fresh sashimi aprés-paddle.