A Closer Look at Artificial Waves

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

Wave Loch


Mount Maunganui Reef

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:

Dredging today:

NZ Herald:

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“?


Bargara Beach QLD

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.
Source: grantdoyle.wordpress.com/feature-articles/gimme-a-break

See: surfingramps.com.au/bargarasurf.htm

There was a talk on this at 7th surfingramps.com.au/SurfingSymposium
..but the notes are not on the Symposium site.

Review of Reefs

On this article no date appears to tell when it was written, most likely 2011, it gives a good review and summary of work on artificial reefs:

It mentions:

 Somebody had to do it to make the first mistakes, and somebody had to pay for it.

Jeff Mill’s article “Pipe Dreams”
..looks at the various ASR projects we have discussed on this site.
SURFER was able to contact a former ASR employee who wished to remain anonymous, to further describe the issues that faced the company.
Reading the comments was as useful as reading the article.
Failure to build these reefs should have been compared and contrasted with successes.
Let us know if someone does this..

Blue Dunes proposal

A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York should be an opportunity for surfers to have the islands made in a way that makes the best use of the swell.

This sounds like a bad idea:

‘‘Our idea is to build a chain of islands, like a long, slender banana. The wave action and storm surge will reflect off these islands and go back out to sea rather than hitting the coast.

See the Boston Globe article:

One comment on the site:
by JLErwin3 (03/30/14 11:26 AM)
The thing is, Long Island is, basically, one huge barrier island, with seven-and-a-half million people living on it.