Surf’s Up WA! Barreled is Approved and It’s About Time!
This has been a huge battle, an undertaking from a surf lover and ocean enthusiast Joey Lawrence who fell in love with the Yakima Valley and wanted to bring something unique to our area. Barreled was just approved to build in Moxee, WA and it will be the second spot in the entire US to do so!
Joey Lawrence has been pushing for a place to teach surfing, host surfing competitions and so much more in our area and it has been met with a mighty resistance. Understandable for a small town to not welcome a big change but the time has come!
Today, a milestone was achieved. We’ve just been given the Hearing Examiner’s decision approving our Conditional Land Use Permit and our proposal to bring surfing to the Yakima Valley. Proudly, we are now the second @wavegarden_official project to achieve this approval in the United States.
We want to give one more big thank you to all the people supporting and helping to make this moment possible. Surf’s up, Yakima!
Cowabunga! If you have ever wanted to learn to surf or enjoy going to Hawaii and attempting it, you don't have to go far now to brush up on your skills!
What is Barreled?
Our goal is to introduce the region to surfing, providing an opportunity to access a sport once reserved for postcards and documentaries. Surfing has a way of broadening one’s horizons and sense of adventure and we hope to be the first stepping stone while, unmistakably, knowing you’re in Yakima. From architecture to offerings, we will show off this special valley we call home - all while learning a skill that can be used around the globe.
I cannot wait to learn how to surf, I used to live in Hawaii for over five years and just never could get myself up...but I did have Professional Surfer Kelly Slater drip water on me at a Big Wave Competition on the North Shore once! It's all coming full circle because Kelly is one of the people who created a chance for anyone, anywhere to learn how to hang 10!
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