Thank you for joining us for Spotlight. I'm Liz Waid.
And I'm Joshua Leo. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
It is easier for people to understand no matter where in the world they live.
Angel Rodriguez lives in the city of Arecibo on the island of Puerto Rico.
He is a surfer. Surfing is a popular activity all around the world.
People ride ocean waves while standing on long boards.
Many people surf just for fun.
But Angel Rodriguez surfs for a job.
Angel teaches surfing. He also leads Puerto Rico's national surf team.
But Angel's surfing has also made him an environmentalist.
Today's spotlight is on Angel Rodriguez and his fight to protect the beach where he surfs.
One day in the year 2000, Angel received a call from a friend.
He answered the telephone and received some shocking news.
His friend told Angel, "They are tearing apart our beach!"
His friend said that large machines were damaging the coast where they surfed.
Angel got into his truck and hurried to the beach.
What he saw angered him.
It made him worried for the future of the area.
He saw a large pipe in the middle of the beach.
Wet sand, dirt, rocks, old car tires and other pollution flowed out of the pipe.
This pollution pumped onto the sandy beach.
But it was also pumping onto the coral reef in the water near the beach.