Gold Coast City Council (in Queensland, Australia) have a Surf Management Plan that includes:
- strategies to maximise enjoyment and minimise conflict between beach user groups (e.g. seasonal adjustments to flagged swimming and board riders zones)
- new coastal capital works projects will give consideration to both coastal protection and where possible, enhancement of surf amenity.
They announced in June 2016 that $4.5 million has been set aside to start the Palm Beach Shoreline Project and build an artificial reef about 400 metres off Palm Beach. It is expected to take four years.
See also the previous story (July 2015):
Note that Australian Coastal Walls are selling the ACW Geo-Block beach protection system. More about that on their web page.
For a longer term view of Gold Coast coastal management:
Sydney, Australia in the newly formed Northern Beaches Council Area
Following the June 2016 Black NorEaster and/or East Coast Low beach and property suffered significant damage.
Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches was in the firing line for organising the 2002 Line In The Sand which convinced the then Warringah Council that the community was opposed to the construction of a multimillion dollar seawall over a kilometre long dumping 85,000 tons of rock on the beach at great public expense.
Seawalls profoundly damage beaches and Surfrider remains implacably opposed to hard so-called protective structures on beaches.
See there report to NB Council: makesurf/collaroy_seawall2016.pdf
Northern Beaches surfrider.org.au/nsw
The Northern Beaches Branch was one of Surfrider Australia’s original branches and is still going strong 20 years on!
Major campaigns over its life include the upgrade of Warriewood Sewage Treatment Plant, protesting the proposed seawall for Collaroy/Narrabeen Beach 2002 with the famous “Line In The Sand” and thwarting the proposed overdevelopment of Long Reef SLSC on 2 separate occasions.
The branch has representation on council committees and work closely with environment centres in Manly and Pittwater.
Always looking for another face and bod to lend a hand so if you live anywhere around the Northern Beaches contact them from details on the page:
How to Make an Awesome Surf Wave
from the BBC. (27 minutes)
Discusses engineering to make more and better surf breaks.
Discusses Boscombe, Bournemouth then to the Basque Country in northern Spain to the Wavegarden, in the foothills of the Cantabrian mountains.
Surfing veterans share their thoughts with marine biologist Helen Scales.
Under headlines of world’s first inflatable artificial reef, a concept has been heralded that uses sand anchors to install an inflatable sail-like structure “the size of a large roundabout” offshore.
Troy Bottegal believes that where the ocean meets the submerged sail, the result will be a steady supply of surfer-friendly waves.
He is probably right but the Kickstarter project’s funding goal was not reached on November 24, 2014.
I am scanning this search for someone that has made calculations on the physics of the forces involved:
Click the link for an updated search – from SurfingSites.net
Faking it – an article by Matt Clark addresses the questions:
- So How Do Wave Generators Work?
- Are They Sustainable?
- Bringing Surf Culture Inland?
- Where and When Can I Try It?
- If a surf park came to your hometown, will you rush to try it?
The Masterplan of the Wavegraden site at Bristol, UK
© 2015 – Wavegarden
Finally gone according to this SunLive NZ article
In September 2014 it was going and Underwater Solutions were taking it:
Here is the talk in April 2014 about removing the artificial reef affectionately known as “Mt Reef” .
NZ radio interview:
See this page (2009) for background information:
I can’t see how one relatively small construction can make a decent surf break when the best breaks have the right shapes underwater in many directions.
Any comment on “local lifeguards complaining“?
The world first ‘planning authority approved’ surfing reef enhancement was at Burkitts Reef, Bargara, near Bundaberg.
In early 1997 a band of energetic locals waited until low tide to smash some existing basalt boulders into shape with an industrial-size excavator.
They then moulded a reef of their own making producing an acceptable though smallish wave at high tide.
There was a talk on this at 7th surfingramps.com.au/SurfingSymposium
..but the notes are not on the Symposium site.