“El Doctor,” is a former accountant turned full-time surfer and coach of Puerto Rico’s surf team. He’s also a tenacious defender of his marine environment. FRONTLINE: World reporter Sachi Cunningham, herself a surfer, ventures to the Caribbean island to tell the tale of El Doctor and his surfer activists who challenge the army’s assault on their beach with sit-ins, the ingenious deployment of an inflatable doll and, ultimately, a successful lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers. El Doctor even dons the costume of a comic super-hero, in the style of Mexico’s masked, caped crusader, Superbarrio, defender of the downtrodden.
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