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:
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.
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.
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:
- Narrowneck, Queensland, Australia
- Cables, Western Australia, Australia
- Prattes Reef, El Segundo, California, Los Angeles, USA
- Bargarra, Queensland, Australia
- Mount Manganui, NZ
- Bornemouth, UK
- Kovalam, India
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..
Here is a Google search for “Taree Council’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan”
Searched 12 June 2012.
Search it again and see what progress has been made.
Build 13 artificial reefs a day, and 13,000 people a day will take up surfing. Just watch.
By the year 2025, the average surf session might well consist of 1.7 rides per surfer per session. For modern surfers, crowds simply come with the territory, and the territory is finite.
Trying to stem this tide of surfing’s popularity is fruitless. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” says Hamlet. It’s the same with every surfer “claiming” his or her territory. We’ll just have to cope.
by: Drew Kampion